Two boys cause brush fire with lighter

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Neighbors in the vicinity of Finley Lane and Sixth Street extinguished a brush fire that was started by two juveniles Monday afternoon.

The blaze burned a patch of grass about 30 feet by 50 feet, said Craig police Sgt. Marvin Cameron.

The fire was nearly out when Craig Fire/Rescue arrived.

The fire department stayed to douse some hot spots, Cameron said.

No one was injured, and no personal property was damaged as a result of the fire, Cameron said.

Two juvenile males were observed running from the scene, witnesses told police. Witnesses' statements helped police identify, and later contact, the two boys, ages 10 and 11.

The boys admitted their involvement in the fire, which was apparently started with a lighter, Cameron said.

After the juveniles spoke with their parents and police officers, they apologized to the neighbors who live near the ditch where the fire began.

As consequences for their actions, the boys will spend time helping firefighters clean some of the department's equipment, Cameron said.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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