Classes canceled at Compton high school after fire destroys cafeteria

Aerial view of the campus of Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton
Aerial view of the campus of Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton, which is closed today in the aftermath of a massive fire in the cafeteria.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton will be closed Tuesday after the school’s cafeteria was destroyed in a fire Monday night.

The fire broke out around 7 p.m. at the campus, which is located at 15301 S. San Jose Ave.

Footage from local TV stations showed fire engines and firefighters battling the flames.

No injuries were reported, according to a news release from the Compton Unified School District; schools were closed Monday because of Presidents Day.


The storm is expected to be ‘a snowmaker of the likes we have not seen for many years,’ a forecaster said, with a chance for snow even at sea level.

Feb. 21, 2023

The cause of the fire was not clear.

Students who want to get school breakfast or lunch should go to nearby William Jefferson Clinton Elementary, the district said. Nutrition staff from Dominguez will be there for support.

“We are grateful that there are no reported injuries, as well as for our school and district community, who have already come together to start planning for instruction to resume,” according to the district statement.