Teens allegedly set fire to principal's home

Posted at 9:32 AM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 11:32:27-05

PAYETTE, Idaho (AP) -- Police believe four teenage boys are responsible for setting fire to the Payette High School principal's house.

The Idaho Statesman reported that Payette Police Chief Mark Clark said Tuesday he asked a judge to issue a warrant for the arrest of three high-schoolers and one middle-schooler.

The Feb. 22 fire destroyed Payette High School principal Mark Heleker's home and three cars parked in the driveway.

Payette Fire Chief Steve Castenada says the blaze started in a trash can outside the garage. He says investigators think the kids set the fire in retaliation for being suspended.

Heleker says he knows the high-school suspects but does not know the younger student.

Clark says social media posts helped lead investigators to the suspects.