Teens Arrested In Connection With LI School Fire
Two teenagers are in police custody in connection with a fire that severely damaged George Washington Elementary School in West Hempstead.

The pair of 14-year-old boys are charged with fourth-degree arson.

The fire broke out at about 8:35 p.m. Monday inside the school, located at 347 William Street.

Witnesses told detectives they heard a loud explosion and several people running from the school. Soon afterward, witnesses saw smoke and flames coming out of the school.

It took nearly 100 firefighters from the West Hempstead Fire Department and five other departments to extinguish the blaze. Investigators later determined the fire was intentionally set.

The school superintendent, John Hogan, suffered a heart attack at the scene. He is said to be in good condition at the hospital.

The school is slated to reopen in September.