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Three Juveniles Arrested for Allegedly Setting Vacant Odin Home on Fire

March 5, 2017

(ODIN)—Odin Police have arrested a 10-year-old and two 12-year-old boys who are accused of setting a vacant house on fire late Friday afternoon. All three are being held in juvenile detention on charges of arson, criminal trespass and criminal damage to property.

The fire was at 310 North Merritt. The home had been vacant for the five years since an earlier fire hit while the home was being remodeled by the grandson of its owner Martha Malcolm.

Smith says this fire was in the same area.

“When we first got here, we had fire coming out of the bedroom and bathroom plus some of the eves of the attic. We initially made an exterior attack on that. We then transitioned inside and finished knocking the rest of the fire down,” said Smith. “The bedroom and bathroom were pretty much totally destroyed. The attic space where it went into the attic received heavy damage. There is water through the attic from the exterior. We ended up flowing water up into the attic from the exterior, which is where a large portion of the attic damage came from.”

Odin Firemen received automatic mutual aide from Salem and also called Sandoval for assistance in putting out the fire.

The State Fire Marshal’s office and Odin Police tracked down and interviewed the juveniles after neighbors reported seeing them coming out of the house.

There were no injuries. The fire call came in just after four Friday afternoon.

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