Redwood City police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a "person of interest" seen on surveillance footage just before a fire broke out at Taft Elementary School on New Year's Eve.
The blaze, which was reported at about 8:47 p.m., is being investigated as an arson, according to Redwood City police Lt. Sean Hart. It started inside an outdoor garbage can and spread, Hart said.
The fire caused about $50,000 in damage to a classroom wall before it was extinguished by firefighters, Redwood City School District spokeswoman Naomi Hunter said.
According to Redwood City police Detective Dave Cirina, school surveillance cameras recorded a male figure strolling through the campus at 903 10th Ave. The person of interest is described as between 17 to 22 years old, with a thin mustache and a distinctive Oakland Raiders cap with ear flaps.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime or the person of interest to call Cirina at 650-780-7607.