BAKER, La. — Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with arson at a Louisiana high school that caused up to $400,000 in damage.
Baker Fire Chief Christopher Hunt told news outlets the fire started Sunday afternoon at an unoccupied Baker High School building still under renovation following flooding in August 2016. The fire tore through the building’s electrical system and water pipes and destroyed the roof. The fire also damaged books and other classroom materials in storage.
Crews from multiple departments had the fire under control within two hours.
Baker School District Superintendent Herman Brister says the damage will complicate efforts to obtain Federal Emergency Management Agency restoration funds.
Hunt said the three juveniles were processed at the Baton Rouge Fire Department headquarters Sunday night and would be transferred to juvenile detention.