UPDATE: Ten-year-old student charged with arson in Maude Moore Wood Elementary fire

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KILLEEN, Texas – The Killeen Independent School District reports the Maude Moore Wood Elementary School was evacuated Thursday morning after a small fire broke out – resulting in smoke in the building.

This morning, Smoke alarms sounded on the second floor of Maude Moore Wood Elementary School Thursday morning. The campus was immediately evacuated, and the fire department arrived at the campus to assess the situation. A small fire was found in an upstairs bathroom, and was quickly put out.

Students and staff were transported to the new Killeen Elementary School, where lunch was served to all students at the new campus. Parents were being told they could pick up their students at the new campus after noon at 1608 East Rancier Avenue. Parents were told not to go to Maude Moore Wood to pick up their children. The Maude Moore Wood phone number was not working in the morning but was expected to be in operation in the afternoon. A statement issued by the district said the relocation was purely precautionary. Killeen ISD Transportation mobilized 20 buses to relocate the students and staff to allow Maude Moore Wood to be aired out and properly cleaned.

Killeen ISD Police and the fire department began investigating the cause of the fire, and determined it was intentionally set. A ten-year-old student later confessed to bringing matches to school and setting the toilet paper dispenser on fire. The student will be charged with arson, and will be disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, which can include Alternative Education Placement. Furthermore, Killeen ISD will seek restitution for the damages to the campus.

Source: Killeen Independent School District

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