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