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Three Middle Schoolers Arrested For Arson

A classroom was heavily damaged by fire at Rockcastle County Middle School Friday morning and now three students are under arrest.

The fire broke out just after six Friday morning and the superintendent decided to call off classes district wide as a result. Police think the suspects broke a window and then started the fire inside a seventh grade math room. The flames were limited to that one room, but there was a lot of smoke damage.

"Due to the fact that there was not a lot of oxygen available, because of the door being closed, and then the ceiling, caused it to smolder and appeared to burn quite slowly," said Rockcastle County School Superintendent Larry Hammond.

The superintendent is optimistic that classes will resume Monday for all schools in the county except the middle school where crews will continue to clean up.The school system will be able to make up the days for CATS testing.

Police have charged three students, ages 12, 13, and 14. The three are all charged with 2nd degree arson and Burglary 2nd.


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