Josh Lowe, a 17-year-old senior and a former member of the Matanzas High School football team, was charged with felony arson today at the school when he was connected with a fire that started in a bathroom in the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday. He was arrested on Thursday.
According to a police report, Lowe was seen on video surveillance entering the boys’ bathroom in the cafeteria at 3:42 p.m. He was seen leaving the bathroom at 3:44. Four minutes later, the sprinkler system went off. In the interim, no one was seen entering or leaving the bathroom.
The cafeteria was occupied by approximately 50 students at the time of the fire, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s arrest report states. Nobody was injured. School dismisses at 2 p.m., but after-school activities take place in the afternoon. The Palm Coast Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.
The fire, the report states, is believed to have been started in the toilet-paper dispenser. It damaged the dispenser, the stall wall divider that runs to the ceiling, a toilet seat and the ceiling, causing about $1,000 in damages. The sprinkler system went off in the cafeteria as well, drenching floors, tables and wares and requiring clean-up there as well.