A fire Wednesday afternoon in the central valley involving juveniles has been ruled an arson by the Las Vegas Fire Department.
In a statement, the department said firefighters received a call about 2:15 p.m. that light smoke was coming from a house at 1000 N. 17th St. near North Bruce Street and East Washington Avenue. Arriving firefighters entered the home and extinguished the fire within 10 minutes, he said.
According to the statement, neighbors told fire investigators that kids were seen running from the house just before the smoke was seen. The kids’ descriptions were given to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Las Vegas Fire Department investigators met and interviewed the juveniles, the release said. Investigators determined they were responsible for the fire.
The statement said Metro arrested three boys, ages 14 to 15, and took them to the Juvenile Detention Center. Each was charged with first-degree arson.
No injuries were reported and damages are estimated at $20,000, the release said.
Circumstances on how and why the fire started are not being released now. The incident remains under investigation, the release said.