Charter school buses torched north of downtown San Antonio

Buses, SUV found burning at charter school on Fredericksburg Road

Author: Stephanie Serna, Reporter,
Published On: Jun 30 2013 07:21:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 01 2013 02:55:45 AM CDT

San Antonio arson investigators are looking into a fire that scorched two buses and another vehicle at a charter school near downtown.

The fire broke out just after 1 a.m. Sunday at one of the campuses of the Higgs, Carter, King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy, located in the 500 block of Fredericksburg.

"It's very unfortunate that somebody would come out here and do this to kids," said Daniel Martinez, who is a school administrator at the Higgs, Carter, King Gifted and Talented Charter Academy.

When crews got to the scene, two buses on opposite sides of the parking lot were on fire, along with a school suburban and a portion of one of the portable buildings.

While firefighters responded right away, Martinez said the damage left behind is going to be a real setback for the campus, which serves Pre-K through third grade and that 85 percent of their students depend on these buses for transportation.

"We use these buses to get them here from all over the city," said Martinez. "We actually pick them up at their house and transport them here. It's very unfortunate. It's going to be a setback for us because we lost two of our buses."

School administrators said they noticed graffiti on some of the buildings, leading them to believe the fire was set intentionally.

Martinez also said they do have surveillance cameras and they will be reviewing that footage very soon.

"We're anxious to see that video," Martinez said, "and hopefully, we will catch the perpetrators that did this to our school and hopefully, there will be justice done."

Fire officials said damage from Sunday's fires is estimated at $100,000. However, Martinez said they are waiting to hear back from insurance adjusters.

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Images: Charter school buses torched

Published On: Jul 01 2013 02:53:51 AM CDT

Images of damage left behind by a fire at a charter school north of downtown San Antonio.

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