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2 Kids Charged In Utah Fire That Displaced 20 Residents

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Posted at 10:43 PM, Jul 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:46:28-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) -- Fire officials said two children have been charged with starting a Taylorsville apartment building fire that displaced 20 people.

Unified Fire spokesman Dave Ulibarri said Sunday a 10-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl have been booked on one count each of aggravated arson.

KUTV in Salt Lake City reported the two kids and the girl's 8-year-old sister were playing with lighters in a tree before the fire broke out Saturday afternoon.

Ulibarri said the fire quickly spread from the tree to the building's attic, but no injuries were reported.

According to fire crews, eight apartment units were uninhabitable.

The American Red Cross has been helping residents relocate to other apartments within the complex.

Ulibarri said all three children live in the complex.

The 8-year-old was not being charged. 

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