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Apr 21, 2011 5:55 PM by Greg Boyce

Teen charged with arson in Douglas County

PARKER, Colo. (AP) - Officials have filed second-degree arson charges against a 15-year-old male suspected of starting several fires in a Douglas County subdivision.

Authorities at South Metro Fire Rescue said Thursday they've responded to three fires in the Pinery Subdivision over the past few weeks. Charges were filed against the teen last week.  Fire investigators said the fires appeared to be related and intentionally set. They say the case isn't associated with the wildfire that burned about 2.5 square miles and temporarily forced 8,500 people out of their homes last month in the same area.

Investigators say they identified the suspect after several days of surveillance. The fires were started in open space and threatened nearby homes.

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