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Fire at Montgomery County's Massive North Penn High School Does $1M or More in Damage

A student is in custody in connection with a fire that broke out at North Penn High School on Tuesday. The fire caused 3,000 students and staff to evacuate. (Published Friday, May 27, 2016)

The district attorney says a 17-year-old student caused $1 million to $1.5 million damage when he set fire to a Pennsylvania high school last month.

The Montgomery County district attorney's office initially said damage to North Penn High School in Lansdale was minimal following the May 24 fire.

But the DAs spokeswoman tells The (Doylestown) Intelligencer that structural damage found after an inspection has caused the estimate to balloon.

The 17-year-old accused of starting the fire is in the county juvenile detention center. He faces an adjudication hearing on Friday, which is the juvenile court equivalent of a trial.

The boy could be incarcerated or supervised by the court until he's 21 if he's found to be delinquent, the juvenile court equivalent of a conviction.

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