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Juvenile Facing Arson Charge For Allegedly Starting Fire in McKinley School Bathroom

Fire in Boys' Bathroom Forced Students to Spend Rest of Day in Nearby Warehouse
McKinley School
McKinley Community School New Brunswick BOE

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An elementary school student is facing charges of aggravated arson after a fire last month at the McKinley Community School, according to city officials.

The fire did not injure anyone, and the damage was minimal, but it required an evacuation, the re-location of staff and students to a nearby building, and the cancellation of after-school activites on January 20.

"According to NBFD, a young kid set a small fire on the hand sanitizer dispenser," said city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.

NBPD Captain JT Miller confirmed that the child was charged in the incident.

"A juvenile was charged with Aggravated Arson in that incident at McKinley School."

Students were forced to wait outside the school while firefighters extinguished the small fire and investigated its cause.

Van Dyke Avenue was eventually closed by police and students were walked down the block to 40 Van Dyke Avenue, a warehouse that, until recently, served as the home of the Redshaw Elementary School.