Estimated read time: Less than a minute
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
(AP) About 95 local and federal firefighters battled a 75-acre blaze that started in Ford Canyon east of Centerville about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The blaze was moving slowly and no buildings were in immediate danger.
The fire was caused by three male cousins, ages 19, 15 and 14.
The three said they had been playing paintball and used smoke bombs to create smoke screens.
Centerville police said one of the bombs went into the scrub oak below the firebreak road where they were playing, starting the blaze.
Police Chief Neal Worsley said they tried to put it out with the water they had, and went to get help.
The youths were not taken into custody, but the investigation is continuing.
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)