Red Bluff Fire Caused by Children Playing with Lighter

Jun 4, 2013 1:04 PM

(UPDATE) 1:45 p.m.- The American Red Cross of Northeastern California has deployed caseworkers to the Red Bluff apartments at 111 Sale Ln in Red Bluff to meet with affected residents. As of 1 pm on June 4, residents of three apartments which were damaged have been given assistance replacing items that were damaged by smoke and fire such as clothing and medication. Red Cross caseworkers determine need based on damage assessment conducted on June 3. Assistance is given free of charge with no obligation of return. Red Cross disaster assistance is provided by a workforce that is 96% volunteer and funded entirely by the generous donations of the American people.

(UPDATE) 12:35 p.m.-Kevin Colburn with Cal Fire Shasta County has confirmed with Action News an investigator at the scene of the fire spoke with the children who started it and immediately admitted to starting the flames. Colburn indicated the boys were between the ages of eight and 10 in the same family that was visiting from Utah. Colburn also told Action News based on the age of the children and their out of state residency, it may be unlikely the parents will be charged with paying for the damage caused by the fire, but that decision has yet to be made by Cal Fire administration.

Cal-Fire has determined the cause of the fire which started around 2 p.m. yesterday near the East Sand Slough between I-5 and Sale Lane in Red Bluff was caused by children playing with a lighter. The fire burned 102 acres and caused damage to an apartment complex, hotel, and restaurant. Units from eight different stations responded to the blaze, as well as law enforcement units which responded to the incident to conduct traffic control and evacuations.

Action News will bring you more information as we gather it.


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