Teenagers charged in school fire

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Four boys aged 15 to 16 years have been charged in a fire that destroyed an elementary school over the weekend in Åsgårdstrand, a coastal town about a 90-minute drive south of Oslo. 

Police said they had questioned the boys and had reason to hold them responsible for the fire that ravaged the Åsgården School early Monday.

Police said the four boys, all of whom had attended the school themselves, were in the schoolyard late Sunday night before the fire began. One of them admitted to police that he set some papers on fire near the school.

“We have no reason to believe there were others present,” Magnar Pedersen of the Vestfold Police District told news bureau NTB.

The 243 students at the school will be sent to the Klokkeråsen School in Tønsberg, probably for the rest of the school year, until the Åsgården School can be repaired or rebuilt.

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