Teens Burning Ants With Magnifying Glass Start Neighborhood Fire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (June 14, 2013)—Some residents of a neighborhood in Flagstaff, Ariz., rushed to douse the flames after three juveniles who were torching ants with a magnifying glass managed to start a fire.

The three included 13- and 14-year-old girls as well as a boy whose age wasn't disclosed.

The two girls tried to stomp out the flames while the boy ran away after the fire started Wednesday.

A neighbor told police he heard a commotion and saw flames when he went outside.

The man strung together garden hoses and sprayed water on the fire, while another neighbor used a bucket to toss water on the flames.

Firefighters arrived and hosed down the area to make sure the 10-by-20-foot fire was fully out.

The girls were referred to juvenile court to face allegations of reckless burning.


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