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12-year-old Boy Charged with Arson in Lewiston Fire
05/02/2013 03:23 PM ET  

At a news conference this afternoon, authorities said the boy had been taken into custody and charged with Class A arson in connection with the fire that destroyed three apartment buildings Monday.


Lewiston Police say they've arrested a 12-year-old boy and charged him with Class A arson in connection with a fire Monday that destroyed three apartment buildings.

At a news conference this afternoon, authorities declined to identify the boy because of his age. Nor would they say whether he was related to anyone living in any of the buildings.

Officials said the fire started on a porch in the rear of one of the buildings, which had been condemned, though everyone living there had not yet had a chance to move out.

Officials say the fire caused $1 million in property damage, and left 75 people homeless. No one was injured in the blaze.

Authorities said the boy has been taken into custody, but declined to say where he is being held.  Police said no other arrests are expected in the case.

This story was reported by Susan Sharon and written by Barbara Cariddi.



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