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Investigators said Wednesday they have determined that the cause of a weekend blaze that damaged eight classrooms at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove was “suspicious,” and they called on the public for help in tracking down suspects.

Investigators were also trying to determine if a note threatening a bomb on campus was connected to the arson, Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer said.

Police were summoned to the school about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when a student reported finding the note indicating there was a bomb on campus, according to Stauffer.

After ushering 2,075 students from campus so their parents or guardians could pick them up, police scoured the campus and declared it clear of any explosive devices about 3:30 p.m., Stauffer said. Students and educators were allowed back on campus then to retrieve anything left behind.

Investigators do not want to spell out why they think the blaze was suspicious, Stauffer said.

Anyone who was on campus and saw something suspicious or has other relevant information about the blaze was asked to call police at (714) 741- 5704. Anonymous tips are welcome, Stauffer said.

Eight classrooms were damaged on the campus at 9401 Westminster Ave. A few hundred students who attend classes in the fire-scarred wing were being accommodated in makeshift classrooms in the cafeteria, library and the gym.

The students will meet in those areas until winter break. When students return to school in January, they will use portable classrooms until the fire- damaged wing is restored.

City News Service

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