Teens confess to setting brush fire

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Two separate brush fire calls turn into arson investigations in Chesterfield and police say the culprits are kids.

After a weekend of fast-spreading brush fires, Chesterfield Police have made an arrest for two that they say were intentionally set. Both fires broke out Sunday just before 5 p.m.

The first one was at Southside Baptist Church on Iron Bridge Road. The other one was just off Chester Road in the Brooks Chapel neighborhood on Ethens Castle Drive. Police say the kids confessed to setting the fires and now could face arson charges.

"The accidents, we know those happen but it does put us you know or maybe get us a little bit perturbed when we hear that someone intentionally set the fire playing or just goofing off," said Chesterfield Fire Department Lieutenant, Jason Elmore.

The kids confessed to setting a fire in a wooded area on what was a very dry and windy weekend. Neighbors we spoke with are concerned because it's so close to nearby homes. The fire could not have only burned the church down, but also could have destroyed a meeting place for Boy Scout Troop 2883.

"Well, I'd probably choke somebody to be quite honest with you," said Troop leader, Bob Key.

Key's thankful that the areas burned in both locations didn't end up being as big as other fires in Virginia this past weekend. He hopes that other kids think twice before trying to play with fire.

"I hope the best for them," said Troop leader, Paul Carter. "I hope they learned their lesson and I hope they don't do it again."

No one was hurt and firefighters were able to quickly put both fires out. Just last week, juveniles were charged in two separate fires in Chesterfield. Authorities are encouraging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of playing with fire.

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