A San Diego Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone
A San Diego Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

Updated 3:10 p.m. April 15, 2015

A 16-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of a predawn break-in and arson fire at Clairemont High School that prompted school administrators to cancel classes for the day.

An intruder tripped a silent alarm at the campus in the 4100 block of Ute Drive about 4:45 a.m., according to San Diego police.

Investigating patrol personnel spotted two bicycles, an open door and a youth running inside the school, San Diego Police Department public-affairs Officer Humberto Hernandez said. They also smelled smoke and called in firefighters, who extinguished a blaze in a classroom closet.

Police arrested the boy at the campus on suspicion of burglary and arson, according to Hernandez. The name of the teen, who attends the school, was withheld because he is a minor.

Students and staffers arriving for classes were diverted onto the campus football field. Administrators ultimately decided to cancel classes for the day.

— City News Service

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