Capital City Fire and Rescue officials say they have solved the mystery of some of the arsons committed in Juneau. They believe that a seven-year old boy started at least five of the fires in the downtown area. They include fires at a commercial structure, and an elementary school and an outdoor grass area that the boy, his name not being released, allegedly admitted starting over the last four months. The boy was apparently was tracked down by use of video surveillance at a recent fire.
Total damage was estimated at $1000.
The arsons were solved by the Juneau Fire & Arson Joint Task Force which includes CCF&R Fire Marshals and Detectives from the Juneau Police Department.
We’ll continue to update this story as it develops.
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