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CAPA student charged with arson in fire at Downtown school

The Tribune-Review
| Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:00 a.m

A 15-year-old student was charged Wednesday with starting a fire that forced the evacuation of 600 students at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

City arson investigator Michael Burns said the girl is charged with arson, risking a catastrophe, institutional vandalism and related crimes for Monday’s fire that sent smoke billowing through the second floor of the Downtown building. She was turned over to juvenile authorities and sent to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.

Burns said the girl is accused of setting fire to costumes, dresses and other clothing on a rack. The flames were extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, he said.

Damage to the building was estimated at $21,000. Burns said officials are still trying to evaluate the value of the clothing.

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