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Flares by boys suspected of sparking house fire

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

East Carondelet, Ill. – The two boys, ages 13 and 12, are in custody in connection with
Monday's blaze in East Carondelet. But their names haven't been released, with investigators expected to present their case to St. Clair county prosecutors Wednesday.

Sheriff's Capt. Steve Johnson says the boys were headed to a relative's house in a stolen car when they ran out of gas, then went into a property owner's shed and knocked over a motorcycle in search of fuel.

Johnson says flares the boys found and lit ignited the shed, and the flames spread to the unattended house nearby.

Twelve miniature pinschers and a pit bull died in the blaze.
Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com


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