Police say student started blaze in Lebanon High
Classes resume at the high school today, officials said.
The school was closed Wednesday due to water damage caused by a Tuesday afternoon fire at the school.
Students were released early Tuesday after firefighters responded to a fire in the boys'; bathroom on the second floor.
';We did have a fire in the upstairs boys'; bathroom, and the sprinkler system worked as it should,'; said SAU 88 Gail Paludi. ';The water damage had to be taken care of before students could return.';
Police at the scene on Tuesday immediately began investigating after they suspected arson.
';Right now we';re just dealing with one suspect,'; Alexander said Wednesday. ';We believe we';re going to be wrapping up on who actually started the fire soon, but being a juvenile we won';t be able to release any information about that person.';
Juvenile charges may or may not be filed, he said, depending on the findings of the investigation.
Alexander did confirm the suspect is a student at the high school.
';The school will be able to resume tomorrow without any problems or threats tomorrow, we are confident about that as well,'; said Alexander.
Evacuation of the building on Tuesday went very smoothly, Paludi said.
';The high school staff and students did a great job. Everybody was out and everyone was accounted for immediately and everyone was safe and that was what we were most concerned about,'; Paludi said
Paludi said the school district is waiting on an estimate from its insurance company as to the amount of damage.
';It could have been a lot worse. I really don';t know what we';re looking at right now for cost. The majority of the damage was water damage,'; Paludi said. ';We were very lucky there was not water in the server room. There was some water in the computer lab, but it only damaged four or five computers.';
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