VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver teen accused of setting the fire that destroyed Crestline Elementary School last year pleaded guilty to second degree arson in court Thursday.

The 17-year-old boy set coats on fire at the school and then the flames few out of control, according to court documents.

The 3-alarm fire destroyed the Vancouver school in February 3, 2013. It will cost $22 million to replace.

The teen will be sentenced on July 7 in juvenile court. Prosecutors have recommended 30 days in custody and $2 million in restitution.

The suspect originally pleaded not guilty but he changed his plea in court Thursday.

The school district has since moved Crestline's 500 students into other schools.

A replacement school is slated to open in September.

Photos: Fire destroys Crestline elementary


(KGW is not publicizing the suspect's name, since he is a juvenile.)

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