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Fire Causes $750K Damage To Sun Valley High School

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SUN VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Fire ravaged four classrooms used by art and film students at Sun Valley High School Sunday causing as much as $750,000 in damage.

School officials told CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom that the campus, which is located in the 9000 block of Telfair Avenue, will be open Monday.

Sophomore Rodolfo Malina was learning to shoot with some of the school’s new cameras before the fire. He was worried his class might have to be canceled, but the school says art and film classes will be held elsewhere on the campus.

“The one area where the fire started is a total loss. In some areas, they might be able to salvage some of the equipment,” LAFD Battalion Chief Curt Klafta said.

Klafta believes the fire could have started as a result of electrical problems or flammable supplies housed in those classrooms.

“The fire is in one structure, but it started in a storage facility inside the classroom,” he said.

Officials said 50 firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 25 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

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