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Lethbridge teen charged after dog dies in garage fire

A teenage boy in Lethbridge has been charged with arson and animal cruelty after a dog was killed in a garage fire.

A teenage boy in Lethbridge has been charged with arson and animal cruelty after a dog was killed in a garage fire.

Firefighters responded to two fires early Monday morning along Rutgers Crescent — one in a garbage bin and another in a detached rear garage.

"Upon arrival the garage was found to be engulfed in flames. The garage was destroyed and the family dog, which was inside, died in the fire. The extreme heat also damaged two adjoining detached garages along with some of the siding on the home," Lethbridge police said in a statement.

Damage is estimated at $60,000.

Witnesses reported seeing two people near the garage fire.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested and later charged with several charges, including arson, possession of incendiary material and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.