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Published: Thursday, 1/12/2006

2 students face charges for Emmanuel Baptist fire

Two Emmanuel Baptist High School students were charged yesterday for starting a Dec. 16 fire that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage at the school, canceled classes, and contaminated classrooms with mercury.

The two 16-year-olds were each charged in Lucas County Juvenile Court with delinquency in connection with of arson, a felony. They were to be issued summons to appear in court.

The students admitted to setting the fire, school administrators and authorities said.

The fire caused about $400,000 in mostly smoke and water damage to the school at 4607 West Laskey Rd. About 200 milliliters of mercury were spilled during the incident.

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