December 22, 2014

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11-year-olds taken to Detention Home, allegedly caused $30,000 damage to Vermilion school playground

A fire at the playground at Vermilion Elementary School yesterday afternoon is seen from a street away. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Siegfried.)

A fire at the playground at Vermilion Elementary School yesterday afternoon is seen from a street away. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Siegfried.)

VERMILION — Two 11-year-old boys were arrested after they allegedly started a fire that caused about $30,000 in damage to the playground at Vermilion Elementary School yesterday.

According to a police report, officers were called about 3:15 p.m. Monday to the school, which was formerly Vermilion Middle School, on South Decatur Street.

Police were told that three juveniles were seen running from the scene and found a lighter, lighter fluid and a pack of cigarettes under a slide at the preschool playground.

Cpl. Dan Shupe wrote in his report that he arrived to find two boys and a girl watching the fire and recognized them because he is the school resource officer.

When questioned, the girl told Shupe she was with the two boys, and they were setting off smoke bombs at the playground, the report said. She said she didn’t know what happened but turned around and the playground was on fire.

She said one of the boys tried to put it out with his shoe but wasn’t able, so they ran and called 911.

One of the boys told Shupe the other boy had stolen the lighter fluid from Drug Mart, according to the report.

Both boys were charged with arson and taken to the Erie County Detention Home.