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Students Caught Setting Principal's House On Fire

Mark Heleker is the principal of Payette High School in Payette, Idaho. Recently, a fire destroyed his home and three parked cars on February 22. Heleker, his wife Lorrie a teacher, and their 24-year-old daughter Katie Erwin and the family pets were able to escape the fire. It is believed that four teenage boys set fire to Heleker's house in retaliation for being suspended.

Arrest warrants have been requested for three high schoolers and one middle schooler after social media posts led investigators to connect them to the February 22 fire.

The fire was started in a trash can outside the garage. All of the students are under 18 and have not been identified. Heleker says he knows the older boys but not the younger student. Heleker said, "There was talk swirling around, and that kind of created a path to follow."

As of Wednesday morning, charges against the boys were still pending. Payette High School organized a GoFundMe page for the family, more than $2,200 has been raised.

Heleker also lost much of his Green Bay Packers memorabilia in the blaze, but the team sent him a gift box with autographs pictures and other goodies. The family is hoping to be back on their feet and are looking for a home to rent.

Heleker said, "The tragedy itself was so terrible and going through it, it's going to take a long, long time to recover, and there's some things we'll never get back. But on the other side of it, the positive outpouring from the community is just amazing. We're just so grateful."

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