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Juvenile arrested in connection with Blake High School fire

The May 16 blaze, which burned a shed on campus, destroyed nearly all the school’s football equipment.
Firefighters extinguish a fire on the campus of Blake High School on May 16.
Firefighters extinguish a fire on the campus of Blake High School on May 16. [ Tampa Fire and Rescue ]
Published Jun. 2, 2020|Updated Jun. 2, 2020

TAMPA — A boy has been arrested after he confessed to setting a shed at Blake High School on fire last month, according to Tampa Fire-Rescue.

The May 16 blaze, on the school’s east campus, was quickly contained, but not before it burned a storage shed that held nearly all of the school’s football equipment.

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The suspect is charged with two counts of second-degree arson and one count of burglary, according to Tampa Fire-Rescue. The agency did not release his name, citing his age.

The fire caused about $11,000 in damage, the agency said. Among the losses that coaches tallied : game-day equipment, field markers, pylons, chains, practice equipment, pop-up dummies, pads, all daily workout gear and the stencil used to put the team’s yellow jacket logo in the center of the field on game day.

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