A fire believed set by a juvenile caused severe damage to the counseling office on the Monrovia High School campus. Photo via OnScene.TV.
A fire believed set by a juvenile caused severe damage to the counseling office on the Monrovia High School campus. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A fire believed to have been set by a student hurling a Molotov cocktail through a window damaged counseling offices at Monrovia High School Monday, but the campus opened on schedule and classes continued as usual.

The fire at the school at 845 W. Colorado Blvd. was reported at 12:23 a.m., said Monrovia Police Sgt. Rob Wilken.

Flames could be seen coming out windows on the second and third floor of the school’s administration building. The flames were doused by about 3:30 a.m.

Police said a neighbor saw somebody tossing something through the school windows. A 17-year-old student at the school was arrested nearby on suspicion of arson, according to police.

“There is severe damage,” Wilken said.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the attack.

School officials sent parents an email blast confirming that classes would go on as usual.

“We’re going to be relocating the students out of the main building to other classrooms on campus,” principal Kirk McGinnis told NBC4. “We’ll be providing breakfast and lunch service to all of our students and our staff.”

—City News Service

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