5 Fla. Juveniles Charged with Arson, Commercial Building Destroyed

January 14, 2008

Five Pensacola, Fla., juveniles are facing arson and burglary charges following an investigation into a fire that destroyed a commercial building on January 3. No injuries were reported.

The juveniles ranging in age from 8 to 13, allegedly destroyed Markham Sign Company, located at 1000 West Government St., after they broke in and started lighting matches or a cigarette lighter they found, flipping the lit matches throughout the front office and eventually igniting some loose papers inside the office. The business was determined to be a total loss, with damages estimated at $150,000.

The arrests, made on Jan. 4, are the result of a joint investigation by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, the Pensacola Fire Department and the Pensacola Police Department. The juveniles were processed through the Escambia County Jail and subsequently turned over to the Juvenile Justice Center in Pensacola.

Source: Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of State Fire Marshal

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