Teen accused of lighting fire at group home charged with arson
TAYLORSVILLE — A 17-year-old boy accused of setting a fire in his room at a group home has been charged with arson.
The boy had been living at the Chrysalis Group Home, 6278 S. Hurstbourne Circle, when on June 22 a staff member heard "crackling noises" coming from the boy's room, according to charges filed in 3rd District Juvenile Court.
Inside, they found a fire burning on or near a dresser next to the bed and the boy refusing to leave. The other occupants in the home were evacuated, and when staff members returned for the teen, he eventually agreed to come out, charges state. The boy hid in the backyard until police arrived.
The teen told investigators he didn't intend to hurt anyone else but was trying to kill himself, according to the charges. He said he started the fire by spraying deodorant on his clothing and lighting it on fire.
He is charged with second-degree felony arson.
Damage to the boy's room totaled about $135,000, charges state. The dresser, bedding, mattress and several electronic items were destroyed, and the walls and ceiling were damaged. Investigators located a lighter, charcoal briquettes and the remains of several cans of deodorant, charges state.
— McKenzie Romero
- Paradigm shift: Fewer Utah juvenile offenders...
- Riverton sees 550-acre LDS Church property...
- Police investigating man who barricaded...
- About Utah: Selling bikes the new-fashioned way
- Woman killed by mixer at Sandy grocery store...
- Supporters of Oregon occupier honor LaVoy...
- Should Utah have 'blended sentences' for teen...
- Teen in critical condition after slamming...
- Supporters of Oregon occupier honor... 53
- Feds say Orem man duped hundreds of... 28
- Meagan Grunwald won't get a new trial... 25
- Are you willing to take a pledge to... 19
- Woman killed by mixer at Sandy grocery... 16
- Video involving officer whose ear was... 15
- Paradigm shift: Fewer Utah juvenile... 14
- Should scientists be allowed to change... 10