Thursday, May 14, 2009

Three Kids Start 2200 Acre Fire Says State

Two Houses Destroyed - Kids Charged With Felony

INDIANTOWN, FL. -- Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson Wednesday announced the arrests of three juveniles responsible for setting a fire in Indiantown on Mother's Day.
Three juveniles ages 7, 8 and 10, whose names were not released, were charged with Intentional Burning of Lands, a third-degree felony.  All three subjects were released to their parents. Names were not released although state law does allow for the release of underage suspects' names who are being charged as adults.

According to Bronson's Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, the juveniles allegedly started the fire in a wooded area near Palm Beach Road and 173rd St SW in Indiantown on May 10th by striking matches and throwing them into the grass and palmettos.  The fire known as the Indian Trail fire has burned approximately 2,200 acres causing the destruction of two occupied structures and an undetermined amount of damage to other property. 

Bronson's Division of Forestry and the Martin County Fire Department are still battling the blaze.
Bronson thanked the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Martin County Fire Rescue, and Martin County Fire Marshal for their assistance with the investigation.

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