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Valparaiso High School remodeling

Valparaiso High School construction will change the school's exterior as well as interior.

VALPARAISO — Two separate garbage can fires occurred Wednesday morning at Valparaiso High School, which has investigators turning to the public for help in identifying suspects.

The first fire was discovered around 8:30 a.m. in a lower level bathroom at the school at 2727 N. Campbell St., said Valparaiso Police Sgt. Mike Grennes.

A teacher noticed and extinguished the fire early enough that it caused no damage, he said.

The second fire was noticed around 10 a.m. in another bathroom on the main floor of the school, Grennes said. The damage was contained to the plastic garbage can and resulted in the temporary evacuation of students and staff.

Firefighters and police are investigating, but are turning to the public for help.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call Valparaiso police at 219-462-2135 or place an anonymous tip by texting Tip411 (847-411) and enter "Valpo" as the first word in the message.

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