- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Fire investigators in Champaign now say that a Memorial Day fire that displaced 32 people was started by children playing with fireworks.

Champaign Fire Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said in a news release Thursday that the fire at the Town Center Apartments was an accident. The fire was started by a pair of 7-year-old boys.

According to The News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1XcNvjQ ), the fire started on a patio of one apartment sometime before 5 p.m. on May 30. The blaze spread rapidly.

Champaign Police Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said no arrests will be made because of the boys’ ages.

Residents were forced out of the building’s 10 occupied apartments. No one was injured.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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