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'Boy playing with matches started fire'

world Updated: Oct 31, 2007 21:03 IST
Boy playing with matches started California fire: report

A deadly fire that recently devastated acres of land in southern California was sparked by a boy playing with matches.

The Buckweed fire, initially blamed on downed power lines, in the northern Los Angeles County was ignited by a boy playing with matches, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday quoting the sheriff department.

"We have identified a juvenile boy as the person who started the fire," department spokesman Steve Whitmore said. "Arson investigators interviewed the young man, and he acknowledged he had been playing with matches and accidentally started a fire," the official was quoted as saying by the LAT.

However, the investigators did not reveal any details about the boy believed responsible for the Buckweed fire.
The boy was released to the custody of his parents and the case has been handed over to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, the Times said.

The devastating wildfires which broke out on October 21, were amongst the worst in Californian hitory, leaving seven people dead and destroying 2,000 homes besides displacing 640,00 people.

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