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Boy, 14, suspected of starting LA-area wildfire - AP
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A 14-year-old boy has been booked on arson charges after deputies said he confessed to accidentally starting a 40-acre wildfire north of Los Angeles as he was trying to smoke marijuana.
LA County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker says two 14-year-old boys from Saugus were detained just after the fire that briefly threatened about 50 homes was knocked down Sunday afternoon.
Parker says one of the boys was released after the other boy said he started the fire when he dropped a barbecue lighter as he was trying to light a pot pipe.
Parker says the second boy had showed up shortly after the fire started and tried to help put it out, but the two boys fled when they couldn't control it. Their names were withheld because of their age.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been arrested in connection with a 40-acre wildfire that briefly threatened homes north of Los Angeles, including two juveniles suspected of arson.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker says the two arson suspects were arrested just after the fire was contained Sunday afternoon. And he says a 33-year-old man and another juvenile — a 16-year-old boy — were arrested for allegedly interfering with firefighters.
Parker says Santa Clarita residents reported seeing the two arson suspects just south of where the fire originated. He had no further details on their ages or identities.
Parker says the two suspected of obstructing firefighters were not connected to each other. But he says each stood dangerously close to the fire, refused to leave the area, prevented helicopters from dropping water, and had to be rescued before they were arrested.
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