11-year-old boy charged with arson after allegedly setting Truckee brush fire
June 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — An 11-year-old boy was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson after police say he intentionally started a brush fire near a Truckee apartment complex.
According to a Monday news release, officials with the Truckee Fire Protection District, Calfire and U.S. Forest Service responded at 7:35 p.m. Sunday to reports of a small brush fire spreading rapidly in the area of the Henness Flats Apartments off Henness Road in Truckee.
USFS personnel were first on scene and were able to knock down the fire before it spread to any structures in the area.
Truckee Police also responded, along with USFS arson investigators, and they quickly determined it was an intentionally set fire.
"There were no natural causes that could explain the starting of the fire (lightning or similar), and several witnesses had seen juveniles running from the area of the fire," according to a statement from Truckee Police. "The investigation revealed these juveniles were actually running to their parents to report the fire; however, investigators were able to determine one juvenile was likely responsible for setting the fire and had fled the area at the same time."
Truckee Police and an arson investigator with Truckee Fire later identified an 11-year-old juvenile who they say is responsible for intentionally setting the fire.
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TPD Sgt. Robert Womack on Monday confirmed the juvenile is a boy.
"The juvenile was not cooperative when originally interviewed, but did admit to setting another fire 2 days prior in the same area that was put out by a neighbor," according to police.
The juvenile was booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of arson of a forest land and possession of arson-related items.
"… While our area has received significant precipitation this past winter, the new growth is quickly drying out and allowed this fire to spread very rapidly," Womack said in a statement. "Several fire personnel on scene spoke about how they were surprised at how fast this fire spread and the good fortune that USFS personnel were nearby when the call was received and able to quickly respond."
Anybody with further information regarding the Henness fire is asked to contact Truckee Police at 530-550-2323, or email Womack at firstname.lastname@example.org.