- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Police say a 15-year-old southern Indiana boy has been charged with arson for starting a fire that caused damages as high as $500,000.

Clarksville Police Detective Ray Hall says the youth admitted using a lighter to set fire Wednesday to one of several hundred mattresses under carports next to a recreational vehicle dealership. Hall says he was curious to see what would happen. Hall said the youth has been cooperative.

Hall says the Campers Inn RV estimated damages of $400,000 to $500,000, including eight destroyed RVs and nine others that were damaged.

The News and Tribune reported Friday (https://bit.ly/2oIofH3 ) the mattresses belonged to the Clarion Hotel, which had placed the mattresses under the carports with plans to donate or sell them. The hotel reported damages of up to $12,000.

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Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., https://www.newsandtribune.com

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