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Ill. officials: 5-alarm fire started by teenager

Published: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

CICERO – Suburban Chicago officials said juvenile charges have been filed against a teenager for starting a five-alarm fire that destroyed a vacant warehouse and a business next door.

The high school-aged boy was arrested Friday night after information was received by Cicero Fire Department investigators, who notified police.

Authorities said the teen went to the warehouse with two friends and started the fire, possibly to keep warm. Officials say the suspect played with the fire, causing it to spread.

The Jan. 12 fire burned for more than 12 hours. Cicero required assistance from about a dozen other departments.

No injuries were reported.

A town water supervisor repairing a water main a few blocks away discovered the blaze and alerted authorities.

The teenager’s name isn’t being released.

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