10-year-old in custody, accused of setting fire that destroyed home

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NORTH CANTON, Ohio — A 10-year-old juvenile is in custody, accused of setting a fire that destroyed a Greentown home last week.

The house caught fire early Sept. 11 just before 2 a.m. A family of five lived at the home. When firefighters were called, they were told a 10-year-old girl was trapped inside.

Shortly after, however, they learned that the little girl was walking with her dog about three miles away from the scene. She told authorities she’d been looking for a place to call for help. Right after the fire, authorities said it was the little girl who alerted her family to the blaze.

The family was taken to the burn unit at Aultman Hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation and non-life threatening injuries.

The fire was determined to be suspicious. And as part of the investigation, the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Stark County Fire Investigation Unit and the Greentown Fire Department determined the 10-year-old was responsible for starting the fire.

Authorities say the juvenile is in custody and has been booked at the Juvenile Detention Center for aggravated arson. Police have not released a motive.

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