Fire officials say that determining the cause of the fire that destroyed Crestline Elementary School could take longer than previously reported.
“There’s a larger timeline for larger fires,” Capt. Kevin Murray of the Vancouver Fire Department said on Monday. Investigators, he said, “are doing their due diligence to make sure that they’re looking at everything properly.”
The blaze was reported at 3:17 a.m. Feb. 3 and about an hour later fire officials escalated their response to a three-alarm fire, meaning the agency called for reinforcements twice while fighting the flames.
The school, 13003 S.E. Seventh St. in the Cascade Park neighborhood, was destroyed. Close to 500 students were displaced, prompting Evergreen Public School officials to find temporary homes for classrooms at other schools around the Cascade Park area.
Vancouver Fire Department is working with Vancouver police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Murray said there wasn’t a timeline for releasing a cause of the Crestline fire.
He said investigators still have not determined the cause in two huge fires within the past five months: one on Oct. 12 that destroyed the Sikh temple in northeast Vancouver and another on Sept. 2 that destroyed the Thunderbird on the River hotel across the Columbia River on Oregon’s Hayden Island.
Murray said. “There’s just a lot that goes on in a fire investigation. It’s a very detail-oriented job and a lot needs to be done at the professional level.”
DONATIONS FOR CRESTLINE
Here are places accepting donations for students and staff of Crestline Elementary School, which was destroyed by fire early Sunday.
ANGELIQUE SALON & SPA
Tammy Mitchell and Cindy Burgara of Angelique Salon & Spa have a goal to give every teacher from Crestline a gift card from Fred Meyer, Walmart or Target. Donations may be brought to the business at 14415 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.
The Bedford Independent Retirement Living Community, 13303 S.E. McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver, is collecting school supply donations. Items should be brought to the main office, to the attention of Nancy Johnson.
BOOKS FOR CRESTLINE
The Books for Crestline drive's goal is to rebuild classroom libraries. Information is at booksforcrestline.blogspot.com. Money can be donated though PayPal on the website.
Books may be dropped off 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13600 S.E. McGillivray Blvd. To schedule a book pickup, email booksforcrestline@gmail.
BRANDON ROSSMAN STATE FARM AGENCY
Brandon Rossman State Farm Agency, 13521 S.E. Third Way, Suite 200, Vancouver, is accepting donations of supplies, including pencils, crayons, tissues, hand sanitizer, notebook paper and binders. It is not accepting money.
Burgerville restaurants are accepting donations of supplies at 11704 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver; 16416 S.E. McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver; and 6700 N.E. 162nd Ave., Vancouver.
Columbia Title, at 5101 N.E. 82nd Ave., Suite 102, Vancouver, is accepting donations of supplies like backpacks, watercolor paints, binders and office supplies.
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Students at Cornerstone Christian School are collecting donations for Crestline until Feb. 15.
DICK HANNAH KIA
Donations of supplies, cash and gift cards are being accepted at Dick Hannah Kia, 3400 N.E. Auto Mall Drive, Vancouver, and through Angela and Sherrie Conrad’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/SuppliesForCrestlineElementary.
EVERGREEN SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION
Cash, checks, gift cards and supplies can be dropped off at the Evergreen School District, Burgundy Complex, 13501 N.E. 28th St., or mailed to ESD Foundation, Community Relations, P.O. Box 8910, Vancouver, 98668. Teachers have specifically requested gift cards from Amazon.com, Ikea and Learning Palace.Cash donations can be made at www.evergreenschooldistrictfoundation.com. In the drop-down menu, choose Crestline. This is a secure website.
Matt Ableidinger, owner of Leonardo’s Pizzeria at 16505 S.E. First St., Vancouver, is accepting donations of supplies. Customers who donate will receive a $5 discount on their pizza order through Feb. 17.
Val and Matt Hadwin will donate 20 percent of sales at nine of their Clark County McDonald's restaurants on McTeacher's Night, 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13. Supplies may be donated at these locations also. The locations are 7010 N.E. Highway 99; 2400 S.E. 165th Ave.; 2814 N.E. Andresen Road; 5517 N.E. Gher Road; 15811 N.E. Fourth Plain Road; 405 S.E. 131st Ave.; 13002 N.E. Highway 99; 710 N.E. 98th Circle; and 2110 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
Moreland Print, at MorelandPrint.com, will give $3 for every shirt sold online through Feb. 14.
NEW SEASONS MARKET
New Seasons Market at Fisher's Landing at Southeast 164th Avenue and McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver, will match all donations up to $2,500 with a goal of raising a minimum of $5,000. Donations can be made at store registers. No purchase is required. For store information, visit newseasonsmarket.com.
Monetary donations may be dropped off at all 10 Clark County branches of Riverview Bank.
SOUTH RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
South Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield has selected Crestline Elementary for its annual Roadrunner Healing Hearts campaign.
There is a coin drive competition between the grades ending on Feb. 14 at South Ridge. Receptacles are in the school’s lobby. The winning grade level will receive $300 to purchase books for their own classroom libraries and Evergreen’s foundation will receive $300 for books, plus the amount collected.
Monetary donations and new supplies are being at the school.
STREAMERS & SCREAMERS
Streamers & Screamers, at 8400 Van Mall Loop, Suite 105, Vancouver, is accepting gift cards for furniture and notes of encouragement for workers and students from Crestline Elementary.
All Vancouver Umpqua Bank locations are accepting supplies and monetary donations.
THE VANCOUVER CLINIC
The Vancouver Clinic is accepting drop-offs of donations at its Salmon Creek, Columbia Tech Center, Battle Ground, and 87th Avenue locations.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY VANCOUVER
Donation bins have been placed around the campus for donations of supplies and new and used books. The drive will wrap up with an event, including food and music, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 6 at the Firstenburg Student Commons at WSUV, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver.
Rich and Loretta LeBlé will donate 20 percent of sales from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12. from two of their local Wendy's restaurants. The locations are: 13723 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, and 400 S.E. 192nd Ave., Vancouver.
WHOLE FOODS MARKET
Whole Foods Market’s Mill Plain store, at 815 S.E. 160th Ave., Vancouver, is accepting supplies, books and money through Feb. 20. Store information: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/millplain.
If your organization has made a donation, or is collecting funds or supplies to benefit the students and teachers from Crestline Elementary, please notify us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pauline Sipponen at 360-735-4524.