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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:FEBRUARY 3, 2004

FIRE MARSHALS ARREST STUDENT
IN HARLEM SCHOOL FIRE

Fire Marshals from the FDNY Bureau of Fire Investigation today facilitated the arrest of a 14-year old girl who deliberately set a fire in a 3rd floor classroom yesterday inside P.S. 175. The fire was reported yesterday at 10:43 AM at 175 W. 134 Street, Manhattan. Upon arrival, fire units encountered a light smoke condition throughout the building. The main body of fire was located in the closet of classroom #305, and spread throughout the contents of the closet up to the ceiling. The FDNY was forced to evacuate the school and students were moved to P.S. 92 and P.S. 96. Fire Marshals quickly determined an open flame inside the closet set the fire. Further investigation and interviews of witnesses led them the arrest of the 14-year old female student whose name is being withheld at this time.

The student is being charged with second-degree Arson, Reckless Endangerment, and Criminal Mischief.

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Michael Loughran (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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