News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Gunn High School Dumpster Fire
Contact : Detective Brian Philip, Palo Alto Police Department    650-353-0624
Palo Alto, CA -- On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at approximately 9:15 PM, fire and police personnel responded to Gunn High School at 780 Arastradero Road on the report of a dumpster fire.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a dumpster on fire adjacent to the school administration building. The dumpster contained wood and metal debris. The building was not damaged and none of the three other dumpsters near the dumpster on fire appeared to be tampered with. The fire was quickly extinguished and no structures were threatened.

Officers spoke with reporting witnesses who advised that they only saw smoke from a distance and were not in a position to see anyone in the area of the fire. Although the fire is suspicious, there were no obvious clues as to how it started. Police are continuing to investigate the fire's origin.

As a result of this fire, police want to remind the public about a reward offered in the Hoover Park fire that occurred on July 7, 2010. During that incident, fire and police personnel responded to Hoover Park where a play structure was reported to be on fire. Although the fire was quickly extinguished, the play structure was completely destroyed.

The City of Palo Alto and the Friends of the Palo Alto Parks are offering a combined total reward of $2000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the fire at Hoover Park.

Palo Alto Police urge residents to report suspicious persons or activity occurring in Palo Alto parks or schools.

Anyone with information about this fire may call the Palo Alto Police Communications at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips may be emailed to