Police find fire, vandals at former Woonsocket middle school

Police find fire, vandals at former Woonsocket middle school

WOONSOCKET – Police responding to alarms triggered at the former city middle school at 357 Park Place on Thursday, Feb. 6 found smoldering fires and several juveniles running from the scene.

According to police, the alarm company had reported hearing voices inside the building. When officers arrived, they reportedly spotted two kids running from the school and found another injured nearby. The injured juvenile told officers that he had hurt his ankle while jumping off the building's fire escape. The individual was taken into police custody, and transported to Landmark Medical Center for treatment.

The two fleeing juveniles were later located by police and also taken into custody.

Police checked the interior of the building and found several fires still smoldering in the bathroom areas. In a separate area of the school a fire extinguisher had been discharged, filling the room with fire suppressant.

All three juveniles were arrested and charged with breaking and entering, second degree arson, vandalism, and two counts of conspiracy.

The historic, and sprawling middle school building was recently the subject of a documentary by two local filmmakers titled My Old School.