Officials will ask D.A. to consider case of boy accused of starting SoCal fire with matches

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

He might not have meant to do it. But it's up to a prosecutor to decide whether to take up the case of a boy accused of sparking a massive Southern California wildfire while playing with matches.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's office says the boy admits he accidentally started the flames October 21st. The fire ate through more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes.

The sheriff is referring the case to the district attorney for possible prosecution. It's not clear if the boy has been charged. For now, he's been released to his parents.

His name and age have not been disclosed.

Authorities have arrested five people for arson since wildfires flared up last week, burning across more than 800 square miles from L.A. to Mexico.


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