Firefighter injured in 3-alarm fire

Witnesses described the blaze involving a backdraft and roof collapse; the firefighter was treated and released


By Craig Brown and David Kern
Columbian

VANCOUVER, Wash. — More than 500 Crestline Elementary students and staff may learn Monday what will happen to the rest of their school year after a three-alarm fire destroyed their building early Sunday.

The school at 13003 S.E. Seventh St. in the Cascade Park neighborhood is closed and students are being told to not report to school today.

Sunday’s fire is believed to be the first catastrophic loss of a school in Evergreen Public Schools’ 67-year history. Hundreds of students, parents and teachers cried, hugged, grieved and watched from a sidewalk as Crestline continued to burn hours after the fire was reported.

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