Lethbridge family's dog dies in garage fire, teen faces arson charges
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2013 3:50PM MDT Last Updated Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3:31PM MDT
A 15-year-old boy is facing a series of charges after a garage fire claimed the life of a family's pet dog.
At approximately 5:00 a.m Tuesday., fire crews responded to a garbage can fire in an alleyway along Rutgers Cres. in the city of Lethbridge. Nearly 20 minutes later, a second fire on the same street was reported.
At the second location, members of the Lethbridge Fire Department encountered a garage engulfed in flames. The fire destroyed the garage and damaged two neighbouring garages. A family’s pit bull cross was inside the garage during the blaze and the dog did not survive.
According to witnesses, two suspects were seen fleeing the garage fire. A short time later, Lethbridge police located a young male matching the description provided by a witness. The teen was taken into police custody and was charged.
The 15-year-old, who can not be identified, face charges of:
- Arson to property
- Arson to property – disregard for human life
- Possession of incendiary material
- Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal
The suspect remains in police custody where he awaits a Judicial Interim Release hearing.
Police have identified the second suspect but do not expected to charge the second individual.