SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three 15-year-old boys accused of setting the fire that damaged Woodburn High School have been arraigned in court on first-degree arson counts.
The boys appeared Monday before Marion County Judge Tracey Prall, who told them they would be prosecuted as adults in Friday’s fire. The boys are all students at the school
The trio were also arraigned on reckless endangerment counts.
KATU-TV reports that police probable cause affidavits say the teens described playing with hand sanitizer and a lighter and trying unsuccessfully to put out a fire that quickly grew.
No one was hurt when the blaze forced the evacuation of the 1,400-student high school. As many as 60 firefighters battled the fire, which burned at least three rooms. Fire officials believe it started in the wood shop, which suffered the most damage.
The Woodburn School District has canceled all classes at the high school this week.