Second boy charged after school fire - Glenroi Heights

Friday, 23 December 2022 10:15:21 AM

A second boy has been charged as part of an investigation into a fire at a school in the state’s Central West earlier this month.

About 10.30pm on Monday 5 December 2022, emergency services responded to reports of a fire at a school on Maxwell Avenue, Orange.

Fire & Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze, which caused extensive damage – estimated to be worth $3million – to the school’s library and administration block.

Officers from Central West Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances of the fire.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives attended a home in Orange on Tuesday 20 December 2022, and arrested a 12-year-old boy (Tuesday 20 December 2022). He was charged and remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 13-year-old boy was arrested at a home in Orange yesterday (Thursday 22 December 2022).

He was taken to Orange Police Station where he was charged with damage/destroy property by fire in company and aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence.

The boy was refused bail to appear in Orange Children’s Court today (Friday 23 December 2022).