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Locker room fire investigation nearing resolution

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Mr. Brad Bovenkerk
The Normal Fire Department was at Community Wednesday, Dec. 6. investigating a small fire set by a student in the boys locker room in the Athletic hallway. School Resource Officer Mr. Jeremy Flood said the investigation is still ongoing.

The investigation into a small fire that occurred in the boys locker room on Dec. 6 remains open, according to Community’s School Resource Officer Mr. Jeremy Flood.

Flood declined to provide specific details about the ongoing investigation, stating, “It’s an open investigation… so I don’t want to give away any details. I’m still hoping to make an arrest.”

Earlier this school year, staff implemented measures to secure gym hallways, restricting access to students outside of their physical education periods.

“That narrowed down exactly who should be in there and who shouldn’t,” Flood said.

While security procedures have narrowed the list of suspect, an arrest had not been made as of late last week.

The investigation, Flood said, has “created quite a bit of work… The fire department and the Normal Police Department are actively investigating side by side.”

Administration confirmed that the fire was ignited in a paper towel dispenser, resulting in minimal smoke damage and the replacement of the paper towel dispenser. There was no damage to personal property.

“Our response was incredible,” Flood said. “Mr. Barnard got to play the firefighter hero and put it out quickly.”

A professional cleaning company worked with custodial crews to address the smoke damage in the locker room Wednesday evening and Thursday last week.

“They were able to get repaired and back in order within like a day,” Flood said.

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