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Saturday October 1st, 2016 4:44AM

Teen boys believed responsible for Buford fire

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
BUFORD - Gwinnett County Fire Investigators Thursday said they believe two young teen boys are responsible for last Sunday's fire that damaged a vacant home in Buford.<br /> <br /> Investigators said they discovered the two boys had been trying to use the house as a clubhouse and had made a torch to see in the dark.<br /> <br /> Authorities believe material from the torch dropped to the floor and started a small fire. The boys thought they had stomped the fire out, according to investigators, and continued exploring the house.<br /> <br /> While they were in the basement, authorities said the teens discovered the fire had spread on the first floor. Investigators said they escaped injury.<br /> <br /> Each boy was charged with one-count of criminal damage to property in the second-degree, and released to their parents, according to Gwinnett County Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge.<br /> <br /> Investigators said they decided on the charge because they don't think the boys had malicious intent to cause the fire or to damage the property.<br /> <br /> Authorities had to block Highway 20 for a short time while they battled the Sunday afternoon fire.
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