Police believe teen set fire to barn

April 25, 2014

Photos by Bob Guiliani

Photos by Bob Guiliani

By Pat Maurer

A 14-year-old Clare student will be petitioned into Juvenile Court in connection with a fire which destroyed a barn on 7th Street in Clare Saturday, April 19.

The Clare Fire department received the call to the fully-involved barn at 204 East 7th Street in the City at 3:38 p.m. The 16 foot by 24 foot barn was over 50 years old and used for storage, Clare Fire Chief Jim Chapman reported.

Photos by Bob Guiliani

Photos by Bob Guiliani

The building collapsed just after firefighters arrived. The fire was under control within 20 minutes, Chapman said. Firemen from the Clare Fire Department, assisted by Surrey Township Fire Department, were on the scene for 1.5 hours. The department was also assisted by Clare Police and Mobile Medical Response.
No one was injured in the fire and there was only minor damage to an adjacent storage shed, Chapman said. There were no valuables in the building.

The cause of the fire was suspicious, he said, because there was no electricity to the structure.
On Monday, following a tip, Clare Police interviewed the juvenile believed to have caused the fire, and released him into the custody of his parents.

The cause of the fire, whether it was an accident or intentional, is still under investigation, Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory said Tuesday.

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