Fire at Davis County school computer lab lands two in jail

Posted at 11:09 AM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 13:14:02-05

LAYTON, Utah - Two men are in custody after a portable computer classroom caught fire outside of a Davis County elementary school early Monday morning.

The suspects, 18-year-old David Teasley and 19-year-old Coleman Harris, are in the Davis County Jail on multiple felony charges.

David Anthony Teasley

David Anthony Teasley

Officials were called to the fire in a classroom at Layson Elementary, which doubles as a computer lab, just before 3 a.m.

The lab near 369 W. Gentile St. had motion detectors and smoke alarms which helped quickly alert crews to the fire.

Police were the first to arrive, finding a broken window and smoke; they also heard people inside.

Officers helped one person out of the window when another ran through a door and tried to get away from police.

Both were taken into custody for questioning.

Coleman Lowell Harris

Coleman Lowell Harris

“Investigators have indicated that this fire is suspicious and appears to be an intentionally-set fire,” Doug Bitton said, Layton Fire Department's Public Information Officer.

Officials said this portable is used as a computer lab for the students and that they would have used this lab Monday morning but are on a winter recess.

No one was seriously injured.

Investigators said one of the men police took for questioning has admitted to setting a fire inside the portable.

Damages are estimated to be $5,000 or more if multiple computers were damaged.

Bitton said the fire didn't structurally damage the portable but the interior will need significant refinishing before students can use it again.