9 May 1974
Classroom f*t't. fire leads to lire IKUUS '" arson probe The Phoenix Fire Department is investigating the possibility of arson in a fire Wednesday in an East High School classroom. ' A Phoenix Union High School District spokesman said someone set a fire in a social studies classroom Wednesday afternoon. A student discovered the fire about 1:15 p.m., he said. Books, maps and other classroom materials were destroyed and walls scorched, resulting in an estimated $1,000 damage, the spokesman said. "The fire must have been arson," Fire Capt Richard Pickering said. Pickering credited two unidentified students for preventing more damage. "These two had the presence of mind to get the school fire hose and extinguish the fire. It was out by the time we got to the scene," he said.