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Multiple school district vehicles were burned, according to a statement from Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero.

COURTESY PHOTO: GUADALUPE GUERRERO - A box truck was torched by vandals who broke into a loading dock at the Portland Public Schools administrative building on March 6.Portland Public Schools administrators were roused early Saturday, March 6, following overnight reports of vandalism and burned-out cars at the public school district's headquarters at 501 N. Dixon Street.

According to a statement from Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero, several food delivery trucks and maintenance vans were destroyed. Fresh graffiti and smashed office windows were also reported. Police said two cargo vans and a one box truck went up in flames.

"While I am relieved that no one was hurt and there was no further damage to the building, this malicious act of arson and property destruction last night was criminal and it has no place in our community," the superintendent said in a statement. "This was an attack on our city's public school system."

Sgt. Kevin Allen, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said Portland Fire & Rescue investigators typically conduct arson investigations when no one is injured, but "there are other criteria considered."

Portland Fire said its crews deployed to the loading dock area of the administrative building around 3:15 a.m. and quickly put out a blaze.

"(The) building sprinkler system activated, but fire did not extend into structure," the fire bureau said, adding that no injuries were reported and the cause was still under investigation.

Fire spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman said the police bureau would lead the investigation. Officers said the suspects gained access to a fenced area.

Guerrero said he arrived at the building before sunrise to oversee custodial and maintenance crews who began clean-up operations.

"This act of violence will not deter us from our commitment to educating our students, providing them meals, or any of the other work we are privileged to carry out every day in support of our students and families," he said.

While local antifa groups have not specifically claimed responsibility for the incident, many of their largest social media accounts have boosted calls for an "autonomous day of action" on March 6.

Zane Sparling
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