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Iowa Teen Accused of Setting Fire at Vally High School

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A West Des Moines teenager has been accused of setting a small fire inside a high school bathroom.

The West Des Moines Police Department says the 16-year-old boy set the fire Tuesday morning at Valley High School. The fire set off the sprinkler system, and no injuries were reported.

The student was taken into custody. He will be referred to the Polk County Juvenile Court on arson charges.

The school sustained minor fire damage and significant water damage. Authorities are investigating a fire alarm that went off several hours later at a different bathroom at the school. There were no injuries although additional damage was reported. It’s unclear if the incidents are related.