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Teen charged with arson

By: Amy Crofts

  |  Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 06:00 am

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RCMP have charged a 15-year-old St. Albert teen with arson in connection with a grass fire earlier this week.

Around 9 a.m. on Monday, the boy – who cannot be named under the Young Offenders Act – allegedly started a fire with a lighter in a grassy area near Fountain Park Pool at Cunningham Road. The teen wanted to see what would happen and the fire quickly got out of control.

No structures were damaged and there were no injuries.

The fire department put the fire out quickly, but conditions are currently very dry and the risk of fires spreading is quite high, said Cpl. Laurel Kading with St. Albert RCMP.

“It doesn’t look like much … but the potential is what we’re concerned about. If it had not been seen by someone and addressed so quickly, there could have been potential damage,” she said.

People think campfires are cool, neat to watch, intriguing; they’re curious about fire, explained Kading. What they don’t realize is that uncontained fires can spread and cause damage in a short amount of time.

The 15-year-old is facing one count of arson and is scheduled to appear in St. Albert court on July 8.


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