'Suspicious' Fire Damages Monterey Trail Band Room

An Elk Grove high school saw a fire in its band room Friday.

Fire broke out early Friday morning in a music room at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove.

The school's fire alarm went off around 5:30 a.m., Elk Grove Unified School District spokeswoman Liz Graswich said. Cosumnes Fire Department firefighters responded and put out the fire, but not before the room sustained "moderate" smoke damage, she said.

"There may be some loss of equipment but we're still investigating that," Graswich said.

Students were moved to another classroom Friday, and officials hope to have them back in their usual band room by Monday. They should know by then whether any instruments will have to be replaced, Graswich said.

Graswich said the fire "does appear to be suspicious," and noted a Cosumnes Fire arson investigator is looking into the incident.


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Rico March 08, 2013 at 10:28 PM
This really sucks! A lot of the other schools turn their noses up at MT for being ghetto... Their band program has suffered tons of cuts...they have marched in jeans and white tshirts before..BUT they Marched! Unlike a couple of supposedly "prestigious" suburban programs..they marched in vets parades etc... in Elk Grove. they proudly play drums and hold car washes etc.. to support their program... This is a shame.
Frank Sinatra March 09, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Yes Mths is losing money , but it is not ghetto , if you enter the school it will be a very big change students help other students , The campus is kept clean with their DATA Academy. Every teacher supports every student in Mths , All students get along with each other. Mths is not ghetto @Jim . Ghetto meaning is : a part of a city in which members of a minority if group live in . Ghetto is also well known as the persons actions and attitude which is not in mths. Every school has its problems but that does not mean its ghetto. Mths os becoming a better High school to be at with its many Groups and its support for the Future of Data academy to all the other cultural groups. @Jim you do not know what ghetto really is, ghetto is not from money loss ghetto to me is from peoples actions
DMS March 09, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Frank you are in deniial. MTHS is super ghetto. Really??
Rico March 11, 2013 at 03:33 PM
@Frank....Did you read anything other than the word Ghetto? The whole point of my note was how a lot of other schools turn their noses up at MT and treat them unfairly and call them Ghetto. Yet...MT shows up for City parades etc... unlike other local High School bands. This was a tragedy and you're picking a fight on the same side dumba@$#...


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