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14-year-old arrested after fire in bathroom of Newport News middle school

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 18:02:26-04

Newport News, Va. – On Tuesday morning, children had to leave the building of Gildersleeve Middle School after a fire broke out inside of the boy’s restroom. A 14-year-old was arrested.

Dispatchers were notified at 10:48 a.m.

School officials had already evacuated the school before fire crews arrived.

Firefighters say they saw a light, smokey haze on the interior of the school.

They found that a paper towel dispenser was on fire inside of a bathroom.

Crews ventilated the building with fans to make sure all of the smoke was out of the school.

The teen accused is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center.