SUMTER, S.C. — Authorities say a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation after helping to fight a fire set by a student at Lakewood High School.
Deputies said the 15-year-old boy was charged with third-degree arson after he lit toilet paper on fire in stalls in two different bathrooms at the high school in Sumter on Tuesday. His name was not released.
Investigators say the deputy assigned to the school breathed in smoke while trying to fight the fire and needed medical treatment.
Authorities say no students were hurt and the fire did not cause any long-term damage to the school.
Deputies say the boy is being held in a juvenile prison in Columbia.