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Update 5:40 p.m.: A 16-year-old Evanston Township High School student from Skokie has been charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire in a third-floor locker at the school during the noon hour today.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the student was identified from surveillance video at the school. He’s been charged with one count of felony aggravated arson and transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. 

Only limited damage was done by the fire, to the locker where it started and and adjoining one,

By shortly after 1 p.m. fire units were beginning to leave the scene.


Update 2:10 p.m.: Dugan says the student apparently touched a match to a notebook or similar object and tossed it into the otherwise empty locker.

No injuries were reported.

Update 3:40 p.m.: Fire Chief Greg Klaiber says that while the fire was confined to the two lockers, here was a lot of smoke and crews had to spend a considerable amount of time using portable fans to ventilate the area.

Students in rooms near the fire scene were moved to one of the school’s gymnasiums temporarily. Klaiber says a couple of class periods were disrupted, but the students were able to return in time for their 8th period classes.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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