Boy Charged With Arson After Fire In Yonkers

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Yonkers firefighters battled a three-alarm fire on Saratoga Avenue.
Yonkers firefighters battled a three-alarm fire on Saratoga Avenue. Photo Credit: Nicky Melillo/Kempter's Fire Wire

YONKERS, N.Y. -- A 12-year-old Yonkers boy has been charged with second-degree arson after a fire on Saratoga Avenue in Yonkers, according to Yonkers Police.

Police responded to the fire about 10:24 p.m. on Saturday at 191 Saratoga Ave. After an investigation, the boy was taken into custody, police said.

He is being held at Woodfield Cottage, the Westchester County juvenile detention center in Valhalla, according to police.

Police declined to release further information about the boy because of his age.

The three-alarm fire damaged two buildings and displaced dozens of residents, according to The Journal News.

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This is so tragic and reminds me of another young boy who burned down a house and his grandmother died. Malcom X's widow, Dr. Betty Shabazz. What is up with children? Playing with fire can cause big problems for people. I wonder if they all had the required smoke detectors cause being in an apartment building is scary when you can not control the others living in one's building. We have had people leaving things on stoves that could burn and others using space heaters too close to beds.