Kid charged with lighting school on fire
BATON ROUGE - A teenager has been arrested for setting fire to a flood-damaged school last week, the fire department announced Wednesday evening.
The teen, who was not being identified because of his age, set Brookstown Middle Magnet on fire November 18th. The two-alarm fire caused $495,000 in damages to the school's structure and contents. Investigators identified the boy, who is 14, on surveillance video and arrested him November 23.
The school had been vacant since the August flood and no students were in the school at the time of the fire.
Firefighters were checking equipment at a nearby fire station when they noticed the fire at the school.
The fire was contained to the school gym where the school was storing some furniture and equipment.
The teenager was charged with simple arson, simple burglary and criminal trespassing.
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