A 15-year-old boy is the second teen to be arrested for allegedly setting a Lake Worth cottage on fire last week, according to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman.
The teen was arrested at his home Tuesday night on a charge of first-degree arson of an unoccupied dwelling. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. The Palm Beach County State Attorney will decide if the boy will be charged as an adult.
The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, is alleged to have caused the fire that broke out at a cottage located at 710 S. D St. April 8.
On April 10, authorities arrested a 13-year-old boy, a Lake Worth Middle School student, who they say is connected to the same arson. He too faces a charge of first-degree arson of an unoccupied dwelling and is being kept at the assessment center while the state attorney determines if the teen will be charged as an adult.
The boy arrested Tuesday has been linked to a second arson which occurred March 30 at 723 S. E St., one block away from the cottage.
A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman today said the boy provided “little information” about that fire.
While rushing to extinguish the E Street fire, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Engine 91 was involved in a traffic crash with a 1999 Honda Accord. Three firefighters received minor injuries and the driver of the Honda was seriously injured.
Crews who were able to respond to the fire found heavy smoke and fire coming from the abandoned home.
Investigators are still looking for a 15-year-old who they believe was involved in setting that fire, said fire rescue spokesman Capt. Albert Borroto.
A fire broke out April 10 at the same abandoned home, which investigators believe started on mattresses in a bedroom. Borroto said an investigator has not yet determined if the cause was arson.
Anyone with information on these or any fires, should contact Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477) or Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Investigations Division.