KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Two teenagers will be arrested and charged in reference to the February 19th arson fire that ripped through the old Kenner High School, according to a news release issued by the Kenner Police Department.
Ryder Chriss, 17, of Harahan, was arrested on Tuesday after turning himself in to the Kenner Police Department and State Fire Marshal.
Chriss was charged with the crime of simple arson.
A second person, a 16-year-old juvenile, who will not be identified because he is a juvenile, will also be charged with the crime of simple arson, according to the report.
Police said the investigation revealed that around 12:30 a.m. February 19, Chriss, the juvenile, and three others were at the old Kenner High School.
While on the second floor of the building they located a sofa in the hallway.
According to the report, Chriss placed paper debris that he found on the floor, onto the sofa, which was lit with a cigarette lighter.
The juvenile picked up additional papers from the floor which was placed on top of the other burning papers causing the fire to grow, police said.
The fire spread throughout the entire building, completely demolishing the interior of the first and second floors of the school.
Kenner Police Chief Michael J. Glaser encourages anyone who may have any additional information relating to this arson fire, to contact Kenner Police Detective Mike Jackson at (504) 712-2283.