Three teens accused of setting fire at Palmer dairy

Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three teenagers intentionally set a fire in February that gutted the historic Matanuska Maid dairy complex in Palmer, authorities said.

The fire destroyed a warehouse and damaged two other buildings.

The state Division of Juvenile Justice has charged a 13-year-old and two 14-year-olds with arson.

The boys also are suspected of setting other fires in Palmer, according to Palmer Police Chief Russ Boatright.

Police listed 13 counts of arson and other crimes against one of the 14-year-olds and three counts of arson and reckless endangerment against the 13-year-old.

Police have forwarded the entire case to the juvenile justice division, Boatright said.

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