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14-year-old boy charged with arson in Hackettstown brush fire

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A 14-year-old Hackettstown boy has been charged on suspicion of arson after police say he intentionally started a brush fire behind the CVS Pharmacy in Hackettstown.

On March 29 at around 8:01 p.m. the Hackettstown police, fire Department and New Jersey Forest Fire Service responded to a vacant lot behind CVS, located at 85 Main St, in reference to a brush fire, police said.

Through an investigation it was determined that the juvenile allegedly used a lighter to set the grass on fire. He attempted to put the fire out but was unsuccessful and then ran from the area, police said.

The fire grew to the size of approximately 5 feet wide to about 10 feet long, police said.

No one was injured and no structures were involved, police said.

The boy was charged on April 25 with third-degree arson and was released to a family member pending a court appearance, police said.

The boy’s name was not released because he is a juvenile.

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