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UPDATE: Cause Determined in Oconto High School Fire

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OCONTO (WKOW) -- A cause of the fire that resulted in $5 million in damage to a northern Wisconsin high school has been determined.

The Oconto Police Chief says the fire was started by a 16-year old student who was smoking a hand-rolled cigarette in a boys bathroom stall.    

After reviewing school video, interviewing students and staff, police were able to identify a 16-year-old student as a person of interest. 

The Police Department says they interviewed the student, and found he had left class early, and went to the bathroom to smoke a home rolled cigarette.

Police believe the fire started because the cigarette was close to a toilet paper dispenser, and they do not believe it was intentionally set.

The teen has been referred to the Oconto County Department of Human Services.

Students at Oconto High School are attending classes at the Middle School while crews clean the High School building.


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OCONTO (WKOW) -- Our affiliate in Green Bay, WBAY, reports a fire Wednesday morning at Oconto High School.

Authorities say the fire started in a bathroom.  The superintendent says there is indication a student started the fire. 

Students were sent home and won't return until sometime next week.

The incident remains under investigation.  No word on damages.

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