Two teenage boys who allegedly set a 4-foot-high orange plastic construction fence and a Krispy Kreme doughnut box ablaze at Jordan Middle School were arrested on Saturday, Sept. 1, for arson, Palo Alto police Sgt. Kara Apple said.
A passerby saw the boys, ages 15 and 16, near the smoke and flames at about 10:58 a.m. and called police. Officers stopped the teens about a block away from the site and located lighters that police believe were used to start the fires, Apple said.
The plastic fence surrounds a large construction area in the center of campus. No structures were damaged, but the fence was melted in places, she said.
The teens are described only as local youth. They were cited for arson and were released to their parents. The 16-year-old was also cited for possession of rolling papers, which is illegal for minors, she said. Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Services will review the case.