Lewiston, ME: Arson fires leave Somalis homeless

This fire occurred last Monday. Photo: Sun-Journal, Christopher Williams

As if Lewiston doesn’t have enough problems, now they have 12-year-old arsonists!   See our archives on the changed city*, here.

Here is the latest from the Associated Press at the San Francisco Chronicle:

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Another 12-year-old boy has been arrested on arson charges in a second major fire in Lewiston in less than a week, and the fires together left 180 people homeless, authorities said Saturday.

The two fires were just blocks apart.

The boy, whose name was not released, was arrested on four counts of arson for the late Friday fire that destroyed three apartment buildings and left 105 people homeless, state and local authorities said in a news release.

About 20 families, many of them Somali immigrants, were displaced by the fire, and many spent the night at Lewiston High School, the Sun Journal of Lewiston reported. One minor injury was reported.

A different 12-year-old boy was charged Thursday with setting a Monday fire that destroyed four apartment buildings and left 75 people homeless. The boy, whose name also was not released, is to be arraigned Monday.

Here is a news clip that tells more of the story.  There should be additional news coming today.  If you see it before I do, let me know!

* See our post yesterday on another ‘changed’ American town.

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