Fireworks suspected in Chicago-area school blaze - FOX 32 News Chicago

Fireworks suspected in Chicago-area school blaze

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DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a suburban Chicago elementary school was damaged in a fire blamed on children playing with fireworks.

Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax tells the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that firefighters responding to the blaze about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Algonquin Middle School managed to keep the blaze from making its way into the building.

Police say they suspect three children - two 12-year-olds and a 13-year-old - were playing with fireworks when the blaze began near plastic crates outside an entrance to the building's mechanical and receiving room.

A school district official, John Pahlman, says the fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.

There's no immediate word about charges.

The school building was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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