A dumpster containing wood and metal debris burned in a suspicious fire at Gunn High School in Palo Alto Tuesday night, police Detective Brian Philip said.
Witnesses spotted smoke from a distance at Gunn, 780 Arastradero Road, at about 9:15 p.m., police said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which was confined to the dumpster.
The cause has not yet been determined, but two police detectives were at the scene Wednesday morning (Aug. 4) to investigate. Police are using Tuesday's fire to remind residents about a reward being offered for information about a fire at Hoover Park on July 7 in which a children's play structure was destroyed.
The city of Palo Alto and the Friends of Palo Alto Parks are offering a combined reward of $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in that case. Philip said there is no immediate indication the fires are connected.
Anyone who notices suspicious activity at Palo Alto parks or schools is urged to call police at 650-329-2413. Tips can be e-mailed anonymously to email@example.com.