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DA: No criminal charges in Oconto High School fire

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Oconto High School damaged by a fire on April 16, 2014. (Photo from: YouTube).
Oconto High School damaged by a fire on April 16, 2014. (Photo from: YouTube).

OCONTO, WI (WTAQ) - Oconto County District Attorney Ed Burke says that no criminal charges will be filed against the student behind the April 16 fire at Oconto High School.

The 16-year-old boy sparked the blaze by tossing a cigarette into a bathroom garbage can. Investigators say it caused $5 million in damage and it forced classes to be moved to the middle school for several weeks.

“We concluded we couldn’t prove any crime beyond a reasonable doubt,” Burke told FOX 11 Tuesday.

Police determined the fire was unintentional. According to Wisconsin’s arson law, statue 943.02(1)(a), says someone is guilty of arson if they “By means of fire, intentionally damages any building of another without the other’s consent.”

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).

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