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A young man accused of arson after a fire broke out in two bathrooms at Yarmouth High School-Halifax

The Yarmouth RCMP charged the youth after two small fires deliberately broke out at a local high school at noon on Tuesday.

Police announced that they had responded to a fire at Yarmouth Integrated Memorial High School on Forest Street at around 1:40 pm. The local fire department was already on site and all students and staff were evacuated.

“During the investigation, police determined that the young man had two fires at school,” he said.

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The young man was successfully arrested and later conditionally released. They will appear in court at a later date and will be charged with arson and mischief in excess of $ 5,000.

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Mike DeBoe, fire chief of the Yarmouth Fire Department, said one of the fires broke out in a girl’s toilet upstairs.

The other was in the girls’ bathroom on the ground floor, which activates the sprinkler system.

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Debo said the fire damage was “very small” and the water damage was “quite negligible.” He said the fire was extinguished when the firefighters arrived, but they helped mitigate the flood by using squeegees and other equipment to remove the water.

He said no one was injured.

“It had some potential, but the building was watered, which helped mitigate a lot of risk,” he said. “There is also the fact that there are a lot of great volunteers and staff here and they did a great job.”

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In a statement, Ashley Gallant, a spokesman for the Tri-County Regional Center for Education, said the school had been evacuated and students were fired at 1:45 pm after the fire broke out.

The school was closed on Wednesday.

“The cleanup will be evaluated this afternoon to determine if the school will open tomorrow,” she said.

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A young man accused of arson after a fire broke out in two bathrooms at Yarmouth High School-Halifax

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