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Juveniles Accused Of Setting Abandoned Residence On Fire
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

HAMILTON, IN - Three juvenile boys were allegedly involved in starting a fire late Saturday afternoon in a residence that was vacant and appeared to be abandoned.

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says three

The Hamilton Fire Department was called to a residence in the 7800 block of East County Road 500 South on a report of flames being visible.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says an initial report indicated that multiple individuals were seen running from the residence into a field.

A Hamilton Firefighter had to be treated for a hand injury sustained while fighting the fire.

Once Hamilton and firefighters from other agencies managed to put the flames out, Sheriff’s detectives were able to identify three male juvenile subjects that had been seen running from the burning residence.

All three were found a short time later and were brought to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning along with their parents.

A 17 year old male juvenile was identified as the person allegedly responsible for starting the fire.

All three involved will be referred to Steuben County Juvenile Probation.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional juvenile charges may be sought.

Assisting at the scene were the Angola, Orland, Fremont and Metz Fire
Department, Steuben County EMS and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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