June 21, 2018
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Rumford teen charged in woods fire behind high school

By Matthew Daigle, Sun Journal

RUMFORD, Maine — A 15-year-old Rumford boy was charged with criminal mischief Tuesday after a quarter acre of woods was set on fire behind Mountain Valley High School, according to Sgt. Tracey Higley of the Rumford Police Department.

Rumford fire and police departments were dispatched at around 3 p.m. to 799 Hancock St. for the fire, Higley said.

“We got a call from an RSU 10 mechanic that said there was a fire behind the high school,” Higley said. “The mechanic told us that two boys came up to him and told him there was a fire behind the high school. The boys fled the scene before we got there.”

Higley said that with the help of Maine Forest Service Ranger Jay Bernard, Rumford police conducted interviews that led them to two 15-year-old boys from Rumford and Mexico who attend the school.

During the interview, Higley said the Rumford juvenile admitted using a lighter to set leaves on fire.

“He said the fire got of control,” Higley said. “He said that he and his friend tried to put the fire out, but it got too big, so they ran and told the RSU 10 mechanic that there was a fire in the woods.”

The Rumford juvenile was charged with criminal mischief and released to the custody of his mother.

Bernard said that as of Wednesday, no other juveniles had been charged.


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