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The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 15-year-old freshman who they believe set a fire at Anchor Bay High School on Monday morning, causing the school to close early for the day.

The fire started just before 10:30 a.m. in an upstairs bathroom of the school. Heavy smoke kept a school resource officer from entering the bathroom.

Ira Township firefighters arrived soon after and put out the fire, but classes were canceled the rest of the day. Michigan State Police, Clay Township police, the Algonac fire department and Richmond-Lenox EMS all responded as well, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators found the teen, in part, by viewing video from the hallway outside the bathroom where the fire was set, police said. The teen had a preliminary hearing in the Family Division of the St. Clair County Circuit Court, but the rest of the teen’s case will be adjudicated in Macomb County, where the teen lives.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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