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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Fire started in vacant apartment

  • Authorities say a fire got out of control Tuesday as a boy allegedly was setting fire to pieces of paper at a vacant Leavenworth apartment building.
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  • Authorities say a fire got out of control Tuesday as a boy allegedly was setting fire to pieces of paper at a vacant Leavenworth apartment building.
    No injuries were reported. The fire resulted in an estimated $25,000 worth of damage, according to Leavenworth Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nietzke.
    The fire was reported at 5:56 p.m. Tuesday at 909 Halderman St. Nietzke said the fire was in one of two vacant duplex apartments at that location.
    Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Fire Department, said there apparently were four juveniles at the building.
    In addition to the 12-year-old boy, there were three boys who are under the age of 10. They did not have permission to be there.
    The 12-year-old boy allegedly was lighting pieces of paper on fire. The fire then would be stomped out.
    “It apparently got out of control,” Nicodemus said.
    Nietzke said the fire initially was reported as smoke coming from a building. He said there was heavy smoke when firefighters arrived, and fire could be seen in the back part of the building.
    “They entered through the front door and pulled a line through there,” Nietzke said of responding firefighters.
    He said firefighters “knocked down” the fire fairly quickly. It was contained to a kitchen and dining area.
    Nicodemus said the 12-year-old boy was released to his parents. The deputy police chief said a report on the case will be forwarded to a prosecutor for possible charges against the juvenile.

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