From Seattle.gov (thanks to reader Lynn):
Detectives are investigating an early morning arson and burglary to
one of the portable classrooms at Asa Mercer Middle School in the 1600
block of South Columbian Way.
At around 1:30 this morning, Seattle Fire responded to a fire alarm
at the school. SFD found evidence of forced entry and arson. SPD was
called and detectives from the Arson/Bomb Squad (ABS) responded. SFD
quickly extinguished the fire set inside the portable classroom. It is
believed that a number of computers that were inside the classroom were
stolen by the suspect(s). CSI detectives also responded to and assisted
with evidence collection. ABS will be responsible for the follow up
One thing to consider is how many more of these portables there will be throughout our district and how secure they are. I am sad that someone felt the need to try to burn own this one at Mercer.