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11-Year-Old Charged with Setting Blaze

Cops: Hicksville fire was ignited by a kid playing with a lighter.

An 11-year-old boy playing with a lighter set fire to a Hicksville garage Saturday which, in turn, ignited an apartment building and left 12 people homeless, Nassau County Police said.

The boy used a Bic lighter to ignite plastic packing material and fled the scene as the 4-alarm fire spread to the detached garage at 53 E. John St., detectives with the Nassau arson-bomb squad said.

The garage became fully engulfed in flames as Hicksville firefighters responded in force to the scene. The inferno in the garage set fire to the adjoining apartment building, resulting in a call for additional manpower. Fire companies from Plainview, Jericho, Westbury and East Meadow responded with 150 firefighters and 15 pieces of apparatus to extinguish the blaze and secure the damaged property.

The 11-year-old was arrested a short time after the fire, police said.

Twelve residents, who were displaced by the blaze, were assisted by the Red Cross. Three firefighters sustained minor heat related injuries as a result of the fire and were treated at the scene.

The defendant was charged with fourth-degree arson, a felony, and was released to his mother. He will appear on Friday, June 17th, 2011, at Family Court in Westbury.

geena June 06, 2011 at 08:16 AM
Wow how many diff fire dept????? I grew up with a fireman nextdoor to me. Funny how his/her name is contained. QUESTION???? If there had been a real fire and someone died, would the 11yr old still be a victim??? or would we be talking about someting else??????
Rosemarie Stauber June 06, 2011 at 11:30 AM
What reason would an 11 year old have to own a lighter ??? What adult would allow an 11 year old to own a lighter? Does this child have any sense ???? I know that fire safety is taught in the elementary schools at a young age.........why did this happen???????
Dorothy A Whalen June 06, 2011 at 12:17 PM
I would say someone carelessly left a lighter in a place where this 11 year old could get to. Children ~ even 11 years old who should know better ~ have the same curiosity as we apply to cats. In a confined place, with plastic or packaging at hand, it wouldn't take to many flics to set the place ablaze. I am curious to know what was stored in that garage, and why was it not locked? None of this excuses the 11 year old, but an ounce of prevention.......................
Hicksville Resident June 06, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Apartment Building???? It looked like a home to me! Did the boy live at the home? The Fire Departments personnel and Police handled this dangerous situation in a calm and professional manner. Thank You. Hicksville Resident

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