Saskatchewan

Several children 12 and under linked to 23 arsons in Regina

Police in Regina say several children 12 and under were behind 23 cases of arson in Regina over the course of several months.

Three 12-year-olds facing arson-related charges

Police in Regina say several children 12 and under were behind 23 cases of arson in Regina over the course of several months.

They said a string of fires on the weekend led them to charge a boy and a girl, both 12, with arson causing damage to property and arson with disregard for human life.

The children will go through the youth justice system and their names cannot be publicized.

According to police, the two children are accused of setting fire to a vacant home on the 1400 block of Garnet Street. They are also accused of setting fire to a fence beside an occupied home on the 1400 block of Athol Street and a fence beside the historic Provincial Territorial Building on Dewdney Avenue.

All the fires were set within a two-hour period on Saturday, June 13.

Fire crews were dispatched to all of the fires and the one at the Territorial Building did not cause any damage to the historic site.

Other children linked to 21 arsons

Police added that another boy, also 12, is facing 21 arson-related charges for fires that took place between the beginning of February and the end of May.

That boy was charged on June 4 in relation to fires in a vacant house, an occupied house, a garage, numerous garbage and recycling bins, a fence, rubbish and clothing.

Police noted that other children, ranging in age from eight to 11, had some involvement in those arsons. They were not charged because of their ages.