A 13-year-old Lake Ridge Middle School student was released to his parents after admitting to lighting a trash can fire Tuesday at the school, said Tim Taylor, Prince William County fire and rescue spokesman.
The fire at Lake Ridge was the third in four days at a Prince William County school. There was a chemical fire at Osbourn Park High School on Tuesday afternoon and an attempted arson at Woodbridge Senior High School, across Old Bridge Road from Lake Ridge Middle, on Sunday.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and fire marshals investigated for arson. School officials, who did not return calls placed to the school Wednesday seeking comment, helped locate the suspected student, Taylor said.
The student was released to the custody of his parents. County officials are not allowed to release information about juveniles accused of crimes.
There was also a fire Tuesday at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas when a science class accidentally started a chemical fire, Taylor said.
Students accidentally mixed two chemicals that started a small fire. The science lab was evacuated then sealed off and the school’s extinguishing system put out 95 percent of the fire, Taylor said.
Firefighters arrived and put out the rest of the fire. Nobody was injured during the incident Taylor said.
This comes on the heels of the incident at Woodbridge Senior High School where someone broke a door in the back of the school and then lit drops of a flammable liquid on a hallway carpet.
Taylor said the incidents at Woodbridge high and Lake Ridge middle were not related.