Teens set fire to high school

TWO teenagers have set fire to a high school in Rockhampton, destroying 20 new air-conditioning units.

Police were called to Rockhampton State High School in Wandal about 2.30am on Wednesday after a security guard notices two youths dressed in black running away from the area.

It’s understood two boys, aged 14 and 16, broke into the school’s Arts Block and started a fire in the foyer before allegedly torching 20 brand new air-conditioning units outside D Block.


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Police said the air-conditioning units were waiting to be installed in class rooms ahead of summer.

Each new unit was destroyed, however, with the fire also damaging an internal wall in the arts block.

The building is also believed to have suffered significant smoke damage throughout.

It took fire crews roughly 30 minutes to extinguish both blazes.

Crime scene investigators were expected to attend the school and examine the scene today.

Following investigations, a 14-year-old boy from Kawana and a 16-year-old boy from Depot Hill were arrested and have each since been charged with several offences, including wilful damage and arson.

Police are appealing for anyone with further information or with relevant CCTV to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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