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13-year-old arrested for allegedly setting Green District fire

Douglas County Sheriff's Office arrested a 13-year-old Roseburg teen for allegedly causing the Green District fire on Friday that destroyed two homes, multiple outbuildings and four vehicles.

Posted: Jul 24, 2021 2:57 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2021 3:00 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.-- Deputies arrested a 13-year-old Roseburg teen for allegedly igniting the 20-acre Green District Fire off of Rolling Hills Road.

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The fire broke out Friday evening around 4:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Rolling Hills Road.

Officials said three teens were identified as having been in the area immediately before the fire started. One of them, a 13-year-old Roseburg teen, was reportedly playing with a lighter and had pulled a clump of dead and dry grass from the ground and lit it.

It became too hot causing the teen to drop the grass to the ground, they said.

The teens attempted to extinguish the fire but were unable to do so. One of the teens reportedly went to a nearby residence and alerted a homeowner who called 911.

"Detectives are particularly interested in any footage which may show the teens walking to or from the field as well as any footage which may have captured the start of the fire," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said.

The 20-acre fire destroyed two homes, multiple outbuildings and four vehicles.

The 13-year-old is being charged with reckless burning.

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