Police: Teens accused of starting dumpster fires

Officials say two teenage boys ­— one 15 and one 16 — were taken into custody after more than two dozen fires were reported near West Sedona School Sunday morning.

A call came in early Sunday morning to report a dumpster fire near the school, said Sedona Police Chief David McGill.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they put out the first dumpster fire and later found multiple trash fires around the school and outdoor lockers, said Sedona Fire District Marshal Jon Davis.

“Reports say that a witness saw two juveniles leave the scene shortly after the fires started,” McGill said. “Through good police work, we were able to locate them within a couple hours.”

Evidence related to the fires was found on one of the teens and more evidence is still being gathered, McGill said.

There were no injuries but officials estimate the fires caused $25,000 in damage.

In an emailed statement, Sedona-Oak Creek School District said school will resume as scheduled Tuesday morning following Columbus Day as damage was limited to a “non-instructional area.”

“We are always very grateful for their supportive partnership in education and school safety,” the statement read.

For more updates, pick up the Oct. 11 issue of Red Rock News.

Kelcie Grega can be reached at 282-7795 ext. 126, or email [email protected]

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Source:: Sedona News


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