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Fri Feb 21, 2020, 04:27 PM

2nd firefighter found dead in California library fire allegedly started by 13-year-olds

2nd firefighter found dead in California library fire allegedly started by 13-year-olds

The fire erupted Tuesday at the city library in Porterville, California.

By Emily Shapiro
February 20, 2020, 2:12 PM 5 min read

A second firefighter has been found dead in a powerful arson blaze that ripped through a California library, leaving a fire department in mourning.

The fire -- allegedly started by two 13-year-old boys -- erupted Tuesday at the city library in Porterville, about 80 miles southeast of Fresno, authorities said.

The books and furniture ignited quickly, making the fire especially difficult to fight, officials said. The blaze eventually caused the ceiling to collapse into the building, officials said.
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Two 13-year-old boys "did start the fire intentionally," Porterville Police Chief Eric Kroutil said at a news conference Thursday. "This is a homicide case." ... The boys were booked as juveniles on charges of arson, conspiracy and manslaughter, he said. ... Police will meet with prosecutors Thursday afternoon to determine "what is next in the process," Kroutil said.

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Fri Feb 21, 2020, 05:14 PM

1. Sad

for both the families of the firefighters and the community. I hope that justice is served.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 10:48 PM

2. Absolutely heartbreaking.

Everyone in California knows that firefighters are our heroes. What in the world is wrong with these kids to put those men in danger like this?

I don't care how old they are. I hope they throw the book at them.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 11:41 PM

3. I'm furious & sad both

Heartsick

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