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4:30 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

UPDATE: Arson Blamed In Mayfield High Fire

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Fire Department investigators are blaming arson for a blaze that destroyed a Mayfield High School classroom Thursday morning.

Schools superintendent Stan Rounds says fire alarms went off at 4 a.m. from a portable classroom on the campus' west side.

The Las Cruces Sun-News says more than $20,000 worth of equipment was destroyed.

Autos instructor Frank Saggerson says the school had a lot of demonstration equipment, including an engine that can be assembled and disassembled. He says: "It's toast. Totally gone."

The fire did not disrupt Mayfield's instruction or bus schedules.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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