By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for investigation of setting a fire that caused extensive damage to a greenhouse at Mariner High School south of Everett earlier this week, officials said.
The boy, who had once been a Mariner student, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of second-degree arson, Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.
The suspect was booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in north Everett.
“They expect to file charges early next week,” Hynes said.
The building was used mainly as storage for two larger greenhouses, Mukilteo School District spokesman Andy Muntz said. The greenhouses are used primarily by special education students.
“They use the greenhouses as a lab and have classes in a portable so no one was displaced,” Muntz said. A passer-by taking a walk noticed smoke coming from the structure just after 5 a.m. Wednesday. No one was injured.
A Snohomish County deputy fire marshal and a dog trained to sniff for ignitable liquids investigated the fire scene.
The blaze was less than a block away from a fire station and took less than 15 minutes to get under control, Hynes said.
By the time firefighters arrived, flames had burned through the roof of a storage area in the greenhouse.
“It was a good thing they caught it when they did,” Muntz said.
Hynes said Friday damage could exceed an original estimate of $30,000.
The fire did not affect the beginning of the school day Wednesday, Muntz said.
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