Student admits setting fire at Texas high school

May 8, 2007
Fire in Needville destroyed much of school and forced students to retake state tests.

A 16-year-old Needville (Texas) High School student admitted to starting the blaze that destroyed part of his school and forced students to retake state-mandated tests. School officials and insurance adjusters have not finished adding up the damage but that it runs in the millions of dollars. The fire broke out in the early morning of April 23. Investigators quickly learned the school had been broken into and that the fire had been started at two locations. A building containing the administrative offices, a teachers lounge and seven classrooms was destroyed, and the science building and the cafeteria were also heavily damaged.
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Earlier: Arson was the cause of a fire that destroyed Needville (Texas) High School administrative offices — including the state assessment tests taken by students last week — and damaged a science wing. The fire apparently started in two different areas — the back door of the science wing and the principal's office.
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Firefighters are putting out the last of a stubborn fire that swept through a building this morning at Needville (Texas) High School, destroying classrooms, the principal's office, computers labs and other administrative areas, officials said. About 20 area fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported about 3 a.m. Classes at all Needville schools were cancelled for today. The fire destroyed about 20 percent of the high school, which includes about a dozen buildings.
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