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Foster Home Burned

September 28, 2011 permalink

A Wisconsin boy, possibly unhappy with the quality of his care, set fire to his foster parents' home.



Pittsfield teen charged with setting fire to home

A 16-year-old Pittsfield boy has been charged with setting fire to his foster parents' home at about 8 p.m. July 21.

The teen is being held on a $25,000 bond at the Brown County Jail on suspicion of felony arson. He is accused of setting a blaze that caused $150,000 in damage to Leonard and Deborah Klarkowski's home at 4551 Cimarron Lane. No one was hurt.

According to a criminal complaint, the teen and another foster child had run away from the home. The two later met with friends at a gas station and the suspect filled a gas can with gasoline. The teen said he poured gas on the back of the house, lit it on fire with the other foster child and watched the home burn for several minutes before returning to a red vehicle, the complaint said.

A 15-year-old foster child who was home in the basement at the time called authorities. That child reported a red vehicle parked on the road.

If convicted, the teen faces up to 40 years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine.

Court Commissioner Jane Sequin on Tuesday scheduled his initial appearance for Friday.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette