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Teen charged with arson of former school in Elliot Lake

An Elliot Lake teen is facing an arson charge following an investigation into a fire that occurred back in November.

East Algoma OPP Constable Phil Young says back on November 19th the Elliot Lake Fire Department and OPP were called out to a fire at a vacant building, a former school, on Lisbon Road.

The building, which suffered heavy damage, is the former Notre Dame du Bois Joli, which also served the community for a time as College Boreal.

He says the fire looked to be deliberately set and unknown people vacated the property prior to the arrival of emergency services.

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The Office of the Fire Marshal had also been called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

Young says a 16-year-old from Elliot Lake was arrested on Monday and charged with arson and mischief.

He says the accused is to appear in Elliot Lake court on October 4th.

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