Police: 11-year-old, 10-year-old facing charges in Goose Creek playground arson

Police: 11-year-old, 10-year-old facing charges in Goose Creek playground arson

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Goose Creek police say the second boy accused of starting a fire that destroyed playground equipment at Boulder Bluff Elementary School in Goose Creek will be charged with third-degree arson.

Initially, only an 11-year-old was charged, and the 10-year-old was not because of his age. After consulting with the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office, the decision was made to charge both, according to Goose Creek Police Lt. Keith Ott.

Goose Creek police responded to the school at 2:06 p.m. where firefighters said a playground fire most likely started around a sliding board and appeared to have been intentionally set, Ott said.

An assistant principal of Boulder Bluff Elementary told investigators surveillance cameras monitor the playground, the police incident report states. The footage showed two children starting the fire, police say.

Investigators later identified two children, the 11-year-old and a 10-year-old, who were wearing clothing that matched the clothing of the children in the video, the report states. Under questioning, the two admitted to starting the fire that destroyed the playground equipment and caused $60,000 in damage, police say.

The damaged equipment has since been removed from the playground to prevent any injury to students, according to Berkeley County School District spokesman Chip Sturgis. Sturgis said the district is cooperating fully with law enforcement.

The children, whose identities are not being released because of their ages, were released to his parents, Ott says. The case will be forwarded to the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office for prosecution, Ott said.

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