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Three youth arrested for arson in Westville

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WESTVILLE – Three young people have been arrested in connection to the March 1 fire at the former Highland Consolidated Middle School.

Members of the Westville Fire Department were assisted by those from the Stellarton and Alma fire department in extinguishing the blaze.

Westville Police Chief Don Hussher said in a press release today, “The fire, which turned out to be deliberately set, caused considerable damage to an area of the school and considerable smoke damage to other areas of the building. Emergency responders’ safety was put at risk in this call as well as residents of the area if the department were unable to contain the fire.”

The fire was quickly brought under control but Hussher said, “The fire was set to cause willful damage with no justification for the intent.”

The Westville Police were assisted by RCMP Forensic Identification Service, RCMP Dog Service and Stellarton Detachment members while Stellarton police officers handled calls while Westville officers were tied up.

“With considerable deployment of resources, three young offenders have been arrested,” Hussher said.

He said during the investigation evidence was gathered to support charges of a break and enter earlier in the week.

The accused will appear in court at a later date and are facing charges of arson as well as break and enter.

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