Rockford Youth Admits Arson

Issue 6 and Volume 111.

Rockford Youth Admits Arson A 16-year-old Rockford, Ill., boy has admitted setting two fires at St. James Pro-cathedral (FIRE ENGINEERING, May 1958) as well as two residence fires. The youth was apprehended by police on May 3 in the act of breaking and entering a residence in the same neighborhood where the four fires occurred. Questioned by fire and police officials, he admitted responsibility and re-enacted the setting of the fires at the various scenes. According to Fire Chief Wayne E. Swanson, the church fire, which caused $26,000 damage, was started by the boy holding a match at either end of a small stage curtain in the basement of the cathedral. After signing statements admitting his responsibility, the boy was taken to the county jail.

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