BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Fire investigators said a teen boy has been arrested in connection with arson at a flood-damaged middle school.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported a 14-year-old has been booked into the Juvenile Detention Center related to the fire at Brookstown Middle School on November 18. Because of the suspect's age, his name and picture were not released.
Curt Monte with BRFD said the juvenile is charged with arson, burglary and trespassing on private property.
Firefighters from a nearby station were checking equipment in their back lot when they noticed smoke billowing from the school.
Officials said the fire started in the middle of the gym floor and melted nearly everything in the gym, including the stage. The cafeteria also received heavy smoke and heat damage. Officials estimate the damage is nearly half a million dollars.
No injuries were reported because the school was closed while it is being renovated. Brookstown Middle suffered flood damage in August and is not currently open to students.