4 Arrested, Accused of Setting Brush Fire near Mandarin High | Crime

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4 Arrested, Accused of Setting Brush Fire near Mandarin High
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4 Arrested, Accused of Setting Brush Fire near Mandarin High

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four teens have been arrested following the third fire this month at or near Mandarin High School.

Investigators said an anonymous tip came in to school officials that led to the arrests. The fire burned 4 acres of woods on property adjacent to the school's Thursday, but there was no property damage or school disruption.

The land is owned by JEA.

Andy Redding, a detective with the state fire marshal's office, said that the four students were being arrested today. The suspects are between 15- and 17-years old, but Redding did not say where they went to school.

The four admitted to lighting paper on fire with a lighter, he said.

They will each face charges of one count of willful intentional burning of wildlands, a third degree felony. Redding called the incident a normal act for juveniles, saying there was no ill intent.

Two other students were arrested following a fire March 3 that started under the football stadium at the school, and another fire in the school's auditorium remains under investigation.

These fires are unrelated, Redding said.

 

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