13-year-old boy charged with arson for Bethlehem church fires

| April 19, 2010

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with arson for allegedly starting five small fires since December at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, police said.

The boy, whose name was not available, was arrested on Sunday after a small fire was discovered in the restroom of the church, which is in the 2300 block of Center Street, police said.

Police think the boy, who lives in Bethlehem, set the fire by lighting toilet paper on fire and leaving them in a trash receptacle.

Along with Sunday's incident, the boy is also charged for allegedly starting four other fires at the church on Dec. 27, police said.

All of the fires resulted in only minor property damage, police said. No one was injured.

The boy faces five counts each of arson and risking catastrophe. He was sent to Northampton County juvenile detention.



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