At around 5 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 12, the Encinitas Fire Department and North Coastal Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a structure fire inside the preschool at the rear of Saint Andrews Church at 890 Balour Drive in Encinitas.
The fire was contained to the preschool and was quickly put out by the fire department with only minor damage done. No other structures were damaged.
According to deputies, a witness reported seeing a male subject flee from the church at the time of the incident. A perimeter was established by the deputies and a Sheriff’s K9 Unit, who tried to track the suspect down but no suspects were located.
The Sheriff’s Bomb Arson Detectives responded to conduct their investigation. All available resources are being utilized and the investigation is ongoing, a sheriff’s department spokesman said.
The fire was the third in that area since Oct. 22. According to sources, a fire was reported at Saint Andrews that day at 5 a.m., though no further information was immediately available.
Then on the morning of Oct. 29, a two-alarm fire gutted Oak Crest Middle School, which is located at 675 Balfour.
Deputies investigating the cases have not disclosed whether any of the fires are related.
Anyone with information on the fires should call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. They can remain anonymous and will be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.