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Children started cabin fire

Children playing with matches was the cause of a fire that destroyed a cabin earlier this month in the American Legion tract, investigators said Tuesday.

Three South Lake Tahoe 11-year-old boys were cited for trespassing. Two of the three were cited for reckless causing of a fire to a structure. South Lake Tahoe police detective Larry Olsen said he received information that led him to the boys. When questioned, the boys admitted their involvement, Olsen said.

“They said they went into the cabin to mess around and ended up lighting a fire,” Olsen said.



The boys entered the cabin through a broken window. They denied breaking the window. The cabin, located at the end of Los Angeles Avenue, was considered a total loss. Firefighters estimated the damage at about $120,000.

Two of the boys were playing with matches. The other boy only played the role of onlooker so he wasn’t cited for starting the fire, Olsen said.




Firefighters responded to the blaze Jan. 14 around 5:42 p.m. A shortage of water and a live electrical line dangling from a nearby pole hindered their work and the fire wasn’t out until around 7 p.m.

“We’re lucky the boys weren’t hurt as well, and that possibility was pointed out to them,” Olsen added.

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