Suspects get away after setting fires inside White Center school

A deputy sets out with a K-9 police dog to search for the suspects.

WHITE CENTER, Wash. - One or more suspects smashed windows and set two fires inside a White Center middle school overnight, then fled the scene as security personnel and deputies rushed to the scene, officials said.

Now a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, Cascade Middle School in the 11200 block of 10th Avenue SW, just before 1 a.m. Thursday after the school's alarm system went off.

When deputies arrived they found two or more windows had been smashed and it appeared the suspect or suspects were still inside the school, said Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office. They ran as deputies entered the school.

While searching the school, deputies found two small fires that had been set. Firefighters responded to extinguish the flames. At least one of the fires was inside a classroom.

Deputies searched the area with a K-9 police dog, but did not find anyone. King County detectives are now investigating the burglary and arsons.

West said the school had been broken into once before within the last couple of weeks. A fire had been started at that break-in also, she said.

School district officials said classes will go on as usual Thursday despite the damage.

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