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Arson fire reported at San Luis Obispo High School

Three people arrested in connection with the fire

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Firefighters were called to the San Luis Obispo High School campus Thursday morning for what being called an arson fire.

The fire broke out in the computer lab, in a detached building on the south side of campus just before 12:30 a.m.

Firefighters were able to contain the spread of flames to the lab, but all of the equipment inside was destroyed. Other nearby classrooms have smoke damage. 

Firefighters called for additional investigative assistance due to reports of suspicious people near there before the fire was reported. 

The San Luis Obispo Police Department detained three people in connection with the arson fire. 19-year-old Jacob Ruth, 18-year-old Michael Benadiba, and 18-year-old Cameron Bratcher, all residents of San Luis Obispo.

Police say an alert resident on Alta Drive reported a suspicious car with three occupants.

"According to the caller, the three men parked their car and jumped over a fence which led towards the fire scene. Police officers were sent to investigate the three men," said the SLO Police Department in a statement.


The three arson suspects are facing felony charges that include: Felony Arson, Felony Burglary, and Felony Vandalism. All were booked at the San Luis Obispo County Jail and each had bail set at $25,000.

The SLO Police Department says investigators are working to determine if these suspects are connected to other crimes involving arson or burglary.

We will update this story when new information becomes available.


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