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Program Helps Juvenile Fire-Starters

Program Helps Juvenile Fire-Starters



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Two house fires were started in Ogden this week by children playing with lighters or matches.

The children involved will be sent to a special program that works with youth who start fires and their families.

The Juvenile Fire-Setter program is aimed at finding out if the children started the fires out of curiosity, or if there are other issues in the home.

On Thursday morning, a 4-year-old set the sheets of his bed on fire while playing with a lighter. His quick thinking 9-year-old brother heard his younger brother's cries and managed to pull him out of the smoke-filled room and alert the rest of the family.

Also on Thursday, another child, this time playing with matches, set his family's attached garage on fire.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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