- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a suburban Chicago elementary school was damaged in a fire blamed on children playing with fireworks.

Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax tells the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (https://bit.ly/1w2RYqc) that firefighters responding to the blaze about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Algonquin Middle School managed to keep the blaze from making its way into the building.

Police say they suspect three children - two 12-year-olds and a 13-year-old - were playing with fireworks when the blaze began near plastic crates outside an entrance to the building’s mechanical and receiving room.

A school district official, John Pahlman, says the fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.

There’s no immediate word about charges.

The school building was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.

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Information from: Daily Herald, https://www.dailyherald.com

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