Two charged in CCVS fire

A Cornwall fire truck sits outside Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School on March 2, 2015. The school was evacuated after a fire in a garbage can in a change room. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Two teens have been charged in connection to the fire at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) that saw the school evacuated Monday morning.

Two youths, ages 14 and 15, were arrested Monday and charged with arson and mischief.

Their names are not being released because they’re minors.

Police allege the suspects were responsible for damaging windows and starting a fire at the local high school.

It took firefighters several hours to clear the building of smoke, measure the air quality and reset all the alarms.

The student body – roughly 600 elementary and secondary students – had to be housed at Central Public School for most of the afternoon after a fire in a garbage can in a change room.

The damage was contained to the change room and classes were able to resume Tuesday morning.

The suspects will be in a Cornwall court April 9.

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