Roof, interior of 112-year-old building damaged



Kathy Huml looks at the burned-out remains of Sir Guy Carleton Elementary yesterday.

One of the oldest elementary schools in Vancouver was damaged by fire yesterday morning, and investigators have sealed it off while trying to determine a cause.

Several fire trucks were called to the two-alarm blaze at Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School, near Kingsway and McKinnon Street, which damaged the roof and interior of the small 112-year-old schoolhouse. The two other buildings on the property weren’t harmed.

Classes resume today, with the exception of the kindergarteners, whose classes were held in the damaged schoolhouse. They will be relocated to another building tomorrow.

Roy Berry, a nearby resident, said he saw smoke "roaring out" the round windows near the roof around 1 a.m. He said he suspects arson.

"It’s a little drug haven right here, at this corner," said Berry, adding he has noticed spray painting around the school.

Kathy Huml, a frequent visitor to the neighbourhood, said she has heard of people loitering outside of the school at night and drinking.

"It’s really tragic and traumatic for students and teachers, but we’ll manage the best we can," said Bill Ostrom, manager of operations for the Vancouver School Board.

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