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2 more teens deny charges in Helena High School arson fire

Posted 12:03 a.m. Thursday

— Two more teenagers have denied charges stemming from a fire that caused up to $1 million in damage and canceled classes at Helena High School for two days.

The Independent Record reports (https://goo.gl/ZsqE8v ) a 13-year-old boy appeared in youth court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to arson and burglary charges. Meanwhile, a 13-year-old girl denied a burglary charge.

A third suspect — another 13-year-old girl — denied arson and burglary charges last week.

Police say the three were drunk when they broke into the school the night of Nov. 7. Surveillance video shows one of the girls and the boy entering a janitor's closet, and about a minute later smoke starts to billow from the area. They are then accused of lighting posters on fire in a classroom.

The trio do not attend the high school.

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