Nearly 500 students who lost their school to a massive fire will have new classrooms in five different locations throughout the Vancouver area for the rest of the year.
The Evergreen School District announced Monday that students from Crestline Elementary School will go back to class starting Thursday and spend the rest of the year at five other elementary schools.
Crestline burned down in a three-alarm fire that erupted early Sunday morning.
The first alarm was called in at 3:16 a.m. As the fire spread quickly throughout the school, more and more crews were called out from multiple agencies.
Fire crews remained at the scene throughout the rest of the day to watch for flare-ups, which could still be seen from Air 12 Monday afternoon.
School was canceled Monday as administrators formulated a plan for students and teachers. The district decided that five different schools would be used to take in Crestline's 498 students.
Kindergarteners will go to Mill Plain Elementary School for the remainder of the academic year. First grade students will attend Ellsworth Elementary School, while students in second grade will go to Columbia Valley Elementary School.
Third graders will finish the year at the Academic Learning Center. Grades four and five will be moved to Fircrest Elementary School.
All students will remain with their current classmates and teachers at the new locations.
School buses will pick up at the same spot as before, just five minutes earlier. Students who don't ride the bus will be contacted by the district for details on pick-up locations.
Students will all be transported to Mountain View High School where they will board a bus for their specific school.
Fire investigators were unable to begin their investigation on Sunday due to the amount of debris still smoldering.
Investigators from the Vancouver Fire Department, Vancouver Police Department and officials from the department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at the scene Monday morning to start the lengthy investigation.
The building is a total loss, according to firefighters, but an overall damage estimate is not yet available.
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