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Teen arrested for arson after starting fire at Sand Creek High School

Posted at 6:09 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 20:09:04-05

COLORADO SPRINGS – A 14-year-old boy was arrested for arson Wednesday after he allegedly started a fire in a boys bathroom at Sand Creek High School.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, just before 10:30 a.m. the School Resource Officer (SRO) heard fire alarms going off and immediately request the fire department respond to the school. The SRO located a fire in a boys bathroom and was able to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher.

All students and staff were evacuated from the building while the fire department assessed the damage and air quality. Falcon District 49 decided to cancel classes at the school for the remainder of the day.

CSPD said the SRO was able to identify a potential suspect by reviewing security footage. The suspect was detained and interviewed with his parents present. Following the interview, the 14-year-old was charged with First Degree Arson and interference with staff, faculty, or students of educational institutions.

CSPD said the boy was screened into the Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Facility.

No injuries were reported from this incident.