Saturday, August 18, 2001

Boy accused of arson

House damage estimate $50K

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

[photo] Colerain Township firefighters pull down the carport roof at the home in the 2500 block of Wilson Drive.
(Malinda Rackley photo)
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        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A 7-year-old Colerain Township boy was charged with aggravated arson after a fire damaged a Colerain Township home Friday afternoon.

        The boy was released to the custody of his parents and will be cited to juvenile court, Colerain Township authorities said.

        An adult and three children were in the home in the 2500 block of Wilson Drive when the fire started, but all got out safely, said Colerain Township Fire Lt. Ron Stemen, a fire investigator.The boy does not live in the house.

        There were no injuries, but damage could reach $50,000, fire officials said.

        “(The fire) actually originated from the outside of the structure, went into the attic and caused extensive damage to the home,” Lt. Stemen said.

        Several items outside the building were intentionally ignited and the fire spread. There were witnesses to the arson and accelerant was used, Lt. Stemen said.

        Firefighters were called to the home just after 2 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the attic.

        Crews were on the scene about 90 minutes.

        Springfield Township firefighters were also called to the house.

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