According to the Huntingdon County District Attorney’s office, three teen boys have been charged for setting a fire at the Blair House apartment complex last Friday.
Authorities say the three Huntingdon-area juveniles, two 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old, face felony charges of arson, burglary, and conspiracy, as well as five counts of reckless endangerment after five firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion while fighting the flames.
Investigators say the juveniles had gained entry to the building on multiple occasions prior to Friday’s fire, which damaged parts of the building that had not been previously destroyed in last year’s massive blaze.
Police say the teens had used a lighter and household chemicals to set fire to stuffed animals and furniture left inside the building.
Authorities also learned that the trio tried to blow up a toilet inside the building using fire and chemicals, and that on one occasion, two of the teens stole items from the building to resell.
Police add that those two individuals are facing additional theft charges.
Investigators also add that the teens did attempt to extinguish the flames using a fire extinguisher, pillows and bottles of water.
“It could have gone wrong in a thousand different ways,” Huntingdon County DA Dave Smith said. “Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, but that doesn’t make what happened any less serious.”
The DA’s office says that the trio is currently being housed at a juvenile detention facility and their names will not be released.