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Fire at Bakersfield High School damages Harvey Auditorium, one arrested

Posted at 7:26 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-20 20:41:14-05

UPDATE (Dec. 20, 2016, 5:30 p.m.): A 19-year-old suspected of starting the fire was arrested by BFD Arson Units. He will be charged with one count of an inhabited structure.

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The Harvey Auditorium at Bakersfield High School caught on fire Monday afternoon.

The Bakersfield Fire Department responded to the fire around 12:31 p.m.. Smoke was showing from the first floor of the three-story auditorium.

Students were evacuated.

The source of the smoke was from a paper towel dispenser that burned inside of a restroom. Responders put the fire out before it damaged the structure.

The damage is estimated at $200.

No civilians or firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is being investigated.