Arson Suspected in Historic Lammersville School House FirePosted: Feb 14, 2014
Location: Tracy, California
Firefighters were called out to a structure fire at the Historic Lammersville School House located in Clyde Bland Park, 1753 Blandford Lane, yesterday at 8:10 p.m. The fire caused substantial damage to the framing and a portion of the original hardwood floors inside the schoolhouse; fire personnel suspect arson may be the cause of the fire.
"The fire is currently under investigation, but it appears that it may have been started through a vent located at the base of the school house." Tracy Fire Department Division Chief Steve Hanlon stated.
Prior to responding to the school house fire, firefighters were dispatched to Clyde Bland Park at 6:37 p.m. to extinguish a vegetation fire roughly 75-feet away from the school house. This prompted officials to believe that arson may be tied to both fires.
"The building has significant smoke damage to the interior; we’ve experienced a rash of vandalism in that area, "stated Robert Gravelle, Public Works Superintendent.
An estimated $35,000 worth of damage was caused as a result of the school house fire. The City has contacted its risk management authority to receive an appraisal on the damages; in the interim, the school house has been boarded to prevent unauthorized access.
The City of Tracy has an existing Memorandum of Understanding with the Tracy West Side Pioneer Association to conduct tours of the school house building, which provide a simulation of pioneer life in 1876. Such tours will be put on hold until further notice.