- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy is free on $25,000 bond after his arrest in connection with a fire involving a Livingston Parish timber company.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says department firefighters responded to a wildfire in Independence, on March 25, which burned about 43 acres, including 15 acres of Weyerhaeuser Timber Company property. The fire resulted in $4,563 worth of damage.

Authorities say the teenager was arrested last week and admitted starting the fire. Investigators say he did not disclose a motive for setting the fire.

The teenager faces one count of simple arson. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

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