Park High School fire causes evacuation, minimal damage
COTTAGE GROVE — A fire started in the second-floor bathroom of Park High School led to evacuations and missed classes, but no injuries.
Cottage Grove Fire Department was called to the school just before 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19.
Police said a 16-year-old male student was responsible for the fire and that it was an "isolated incident."
The fire, contained mostly to a toilet paper roll inside a dispenser in the men's restroom, was quickly extinguished by staff. The fire led to a significant amount of smoke.
The smoke triggered a fire alarm, leading to evacuation of students per school district protocol.
Students stayed in the gym and activities center as smoke was ventilated from the building. Classes resumed around 1:20 p.m.
Fire Chief Rick Redenius said the fire was small and only caused a few hundred dollars in damage.
The incident is still under investigation, Public Safety Director Pete Koerner said.
"Nothing leads us to believe it was drug activity," Koerner said.