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13-year-old in St. Pete facing arson charges for setting backpack on fire at school

Posted at 3:30 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 16:12:16-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in St. Petersburg after he set a backpack on fire at school, according to police.

St. Pete Police say the seventh grader at John Hopkins Middle School started the fire in a bathroom stall just before 12:30 p.m.

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Fire rescue responded and put the fire out. Police say it caused minimal damage but produced a lot of smoke, leading to the evacuation of the school.

No one was injured.

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The boy was arrested for arson.