Twelve-Year-Old Charged With Arson

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Firefighters were first called to the storage facility on 13th Street just before 1:30 a.m. At that time, they found a small extinguished fire that damaged some siding and insulation on the outside of the building.

Then about two hours later, fire crews were called back to the same address to find flames coming from the windows.

This time, there was heavy fire damage to the west end of the building and smoke damage throughout. Damage is estimated at $25,000. The 12-year-old is charged with arson in both fires. The boy was staying at the building with his father who was working as a roofer. Extended Web Coverage

Arson Facts

  • Arson is the second leading cause of death by fire in the United States, exceeded only by losses due to smoking.

  • One of every four fires that occur in the U.S. each year are arson.

  • Each year, more than 90 percent of all civilian deaths in incendiary and suspicious structure fires occur in residential properties.

  • Those 20 years of age and under accounted for more than 60 percent of all arson fires in the United States. Of that total, 55 percent were under the age of 18.

  • There appears to be a growing link between arson and illegal drug activity. Preliminary results of a new study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest that between one-fifth to one-fourth of reported arson cases in major American cities are drug-related.

  • Churches and houses of worship are not a major part of the U.S. Arson problem, as they account for well under one percent of reported incendiary and suspicious fires, but arson is the leading cause of fire in houses of worship, accounting for 25 percent of church and related property fires.

Source: (FEMA Arson Web site)