UPDATE: No criminal charges in Oconto High School fire

UPDATE: 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.

Credit: WLUK

UPDATED Wednesday, June 11, 2014 --- 9:25 a.m.

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 (http://bit.ly/1odkqEK ) 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.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, April 24, 2014 --- 2:42 p.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- Police say a student smoking in a bathroom caused a fire that resulted in an estimated $5 million in smoke damage at Oconto High School.

After reviewing surveillance video and interviewing students and staff members, Oconto police have identified as 16-year-old student as a person of interest.

Firefighters interviewed the student, who said he left class early and went to the bathroom, where he smoked a home-rolled cigarette.

Police believe the cigarette was used too close to a toilet paper dispenser, causing an accidental fire. No one else used the bathroom after the boy.

The April 16 fire forced the building to be evacuated. Students returned to class Monday at Oconto Middle School.

WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1lJIFZH) reports the boy is being referred to the Oconto County Department of Human Services.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, April 17, 2014 --- 7:20 p.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- A fire at Oconto High School has caused an estimated $5 million in smoke damage to the school.

Students have been out of school since Wednesday morning when a fire broke out in a boys' bathroom.

Classes are also canceled Thursday and Friday is a scheduled day off. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1gEtmJY ) reports when classes resume Monday, they will be held at Oconto Middle School.

District officials say there are some empty rooms at the middle school, but plans to accommodate the 300 students and 42 staff members are still being developed.

The move to the middle school is expected to last three weeks.

The fire department continues to investigate whether the fire was set.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 --- 11:51 a.m.

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- Students at Oconto High School have been evacuated and sent home because of small fire in the building.

WLUK-TV reports classes are also canceled Thursday and Friday is a scheduled day off. Students leaving the school say smoke was coming from a boys' bathroom in the school.

Several area fire departments are on scene.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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