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Lawrence North High School fire 'intentionally set,' student arrested

A student was arrested for a fire at Lawrence North HS Wednesday. Classes will resume as normal on Thursday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Firefighters say a fire at Lawrence North High School – that prompted early dismissal – was intentionally set. The school district announced Wednesday afternoon that a student was arrested.

Firefighters were called to the school at around 11:30 a.m. for a fire in a second-story boys bathroom. Fire investigators say the fire was started in a paper towel dispenser. 

When firefighters arrived, no fire was showing from the building. The fire set off the school's sprinkler system at 11:45 a.m. 

Firefighters said when it was all said and done, there was damage from residual smoke and water in the second-floor hallway. 

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The school district said all students and staff were safely evacuated.

Parents had the option to pick their students up from school. All other students who weren't picked up by parents, were picked up by buses near the football stadium. 

Wednesday evening activities will continue as planned, but parts of the building will be closed as crews are cleaning and repairing the impacted area.

The school announced it would have class as normal on Thursday. 

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