11-year-old accused of starting brush fire that caused $30,000 in damage

    An 11-year-old boy is accused of starting a brush fire that destroyed two buildings and causing $30,000 worth of damage in Yavapai County.

    Authorities say the boy has been charged with arson, criminal damage, endangerment, and a misdemeanor for reckless burning.

    The fire ignited Saturday northeast of Camp Verde in the now-defunct Beaver Creek Golf Course. Two uninhabited structures were destroyed, and the fire crept nearly destroyed a home.

    Witnesses told police they saw three boys playing with aerosol cans and a lighter before the blaze ignited.

    Investigators say the 11-year-old intentionally started the fire, while the two other boys tried to stop him and attempted to put out the fire before it grew out of control.

    Ryan O'Hara
    Ryan O'Hara is a 27-year-old professional boxing journalist based in Denver, Colorado. He currently works for The Ring Magazine and has been featured on ESPN, CBS, FOX, and a plethora of other outlets. O'Hara is also a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees, before working as a news anchor for two years at Fox News Radio affiliate KYCA.

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