Seven-year-old boy suspected of starting string of fires in Alaska

Seven-year-old boy suspected of starting string of fires in Alaska

Juneau : AK : USA | Apr 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM PDT
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A seven-year-old boy has been identified by the police to be the culprit behind a series of fires that he started up in Juneau, Alaska.

The police and the fire department were in utter bewilderment as to who was behind the small fires that were erupting in different parts of Juneau, Alaska. The mystery was solved with the help of a surveillance footage, which showed that the culprit behind these fires was a seven-year-old boy.

The identity of the seven-year-old boy is being kept hidden, as it is a juvenile case and will be treated as such. The boy set five different fires around different locations including restrooms at Harborview Elementary School, Terry Miller Legislative Building, grass fire at Fifth and Franklin street and two fires at Fred Meyer.

According to officials, the boy will not be going to jail and the case would be forwarded to probation officers at the Johnson Youth Center. This information was provided by Fire Chief Richard Etheridge, who is working on the case. According to details, the boy himself admitted to setting the small fires with a lighter that he found from some place. At this point, it is not clear whether the boy has a serious mental disturbance or if he has a strong fascination with fires.

“He has no idea how big the fires could have gotten. He could have gotten hurt, and other people could have been hurt because some of those buildings were occupied,” Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Jager said in a phone interview Saturday, according to Juneau Empire. “Being that age, I don’t think he understood the magnitude of what could have happened.”

According to details, the fires caused by the boy`s actions have caused damage worth $1,000. The boy was caught after surveillance footage showed him at the Terry Miller building, entering and leaving a restroom, at the same time when the fire was started. The fire was small; hence, the maintenance worker was able to extinguish it himself. However, afterwards, he called the police and showed them the surveillance footage.

The same maintenance worker was even able to identify the boy, as his daughter was class fellow of the boy.

The boy lives with his grandmother, who is also his legal guardian. When his grandmother was informed of the situation, she was very surprised.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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