No criminal charges in high school fire

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- A prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed against the teen who started a fire that caused $5 million damage to Oconto High School.

Investigators say the 16-year-old student started the fire in April by tossing a cigarette into a bathroom garbage can. Classes were held at the middle school for several weeks while the school was repaired.

Oconto County District Attorney Ed Burke tells WLUK-TV he concluded that he couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed.

Police investigators determined the fire wasn't intentionally set. Chief Dan Ault says no municipal citations were issued either.


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