POSTED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 1:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 4:08pm
BAKER, LA (NBC33) — Two juveniles have been arrested for allegedly sparking a fire at an elementary school in Baker.
“A 12 and 10 year old juvenile were accused of setting fire to structures at Bakersfield Elementary,” an investigator with the Baker Fire Department said in an official press release. “This was a joint investigation with Baker Police Detectives, Baker Fire Department, & Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office.”
The Baker Fire Department was called to Bakerfield Elementary School on Sunday, July 1 at roughly 8:00 p.m. When they arrived they found a metal storage building fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters soon noticed smoke coming from another wood-frame building located across the playground near the school.
After both fires were extinguished, investigators began seeking out the source of the flames. Believing the fires to have been caused by arson, investigators turned to surveillance footage. That’s when they say they identified the two juveniles.
The juveniles were booked into the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Simple Arson, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, and Criminal Trespassing.
The total damaged caused to the structures is estimated at roughly $80,000.