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Teen girl accused of setting fire to toilet paper in school bathroom

Posted Nov. 22, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:05 p.m.

VASSALBORO, Maine — Fire investigators have charged a 13-year-old Maine girl with arson after she allegedly set fire to toilet paper at her school, forcing hundreds of students to be evacuated.

The state fire marshal’s office said Monday’s fire started in a toilet-paper dispenser in a second-floor girls bathroom at Vassalboro Community School. More than 500 students from kindergarten through eighth grade were evacuated, but the fire was confined to the bathroom and nobody was hurt.

Officials say the seventh-grade girl will appear in juvenile court in February. She has been released to the custody of her parents.

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