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Petitions Filed Against Five Juveniles In Old School Fire

Posted April 25, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT

— April 26, 1996 - 6:33 a.m. EDT

Five juveniles suspected of starting a fire that destroyed an abandoned school will remain with their parents while awaiting trial.

Five boys ages 12 and 13 were accused in juvenile court yesterday of breaking and entering and burning a public building, both felonies. The names of the boys will not be released because of their ages.

The building that housed Hope Valley Elementary School until it closed in 1993 burned on April 8th. Damage totaled one-point-five million dollars.

Fire investigators say the boys were skateboarding near the abandoned building when they decided to break a window in a back door and sneak in. The boys made a torch with debris and a lighter, but soon some other material started burning and the fire spread out of control.

If convicted, the boys could receive as much as a year's probation and community service. They might also be required to help clean up the building's rubble.

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