Help Available for Youth at Risk of Committing Arson

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At the intersection of Rocky Ridge Drive and Cirby Way in Roseville, there’s something you might not expect to see – a grassy area is blackened after being torched two nights ago.

Roseville Police arrested a 17-year-old boy after witnesses reported seeing him at the scene.

Investigators tell FOX40 this is not the only arson incident they’re dealing with. Detective Darin DeFreece says there have been nearly¬†10 since Maidu Park suspiciously went up in flames last month.

“It can actually hurt people and kill them,” Jim Doucette, Executive Director of the Firefighters Burn Institute, told FOX40. “That’s what kids don’t realize.”

Doucette runs the county youth fire setting program, a free treatment option for families with children who have either been caught committing arson, or have unhealthy thoughts about fire.

“Twice a year, the non-profit, run by firefighters, works with children 5-18 to show them what fire can do,” Doucette said.

“I know first hand, fire is scary. Burns last forever. Playing with fire leads to bad things,” said Chris Cvitanov, who lost his leg in a car accident back in 2005. “The car flipped and the catalytic converter landed on me and burned me.”

For more information on the youth fire setting program, contact the Firefighters Burn Institute at (916) 739-8525.

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