ATF Announces Reward In Carlsbad School Fire

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a $5,000 reward in connection with an arson fire that caused $250,000 in damage to a North County primary school two weeks ago.

The blaze at Aviara Oaks Elementary in Carlsbad erupted shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 3. Investigators quickly determined that the fire had been intentionally set, according to police.

Authorities are working to identify suspects and determine a possible motive in the case.

"This senseless crime caused an unnecessary financial and emotional impact to Carlsbad ... and we are hopeful that the public can assist us in providing information which may lead us to the person or persons responsible for this crime," said ATF Special Agent in Charge John Torres.

Anyone with information about the fire was asked to call the federal agency at 888-283-3473.