Norwich police arrest 5 boys after buildings set ablaze


NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Police in the Rose City have arrested five juvenile boys for allegedly setting fire to two buildings in the city last month.

The five accused are between the ages of 12 and 13.

The fires occurred at the former SMS Textile Mill on Franklin Street and the former YMCA building along Main Street. The Franklin Street building was set on fire back on October 23rd, the Main Street building caught fire on October 24th. While no firefighters were injured in the first blaze, two firefighters sustained minor injures while attempting to get the YMCA fire under control.Related Content: Norwich’s arson task force back in action after two downtown fires

Both fires caused significant damage to the respective buildings, according to Norwich Police.

Three of the boys, identified by police only as Juveniles 1, 2, and 3 due to their ages, are accused of setting the fire at the SMS Textile Mill. They all face arson, burglary and criminal mischief charges.

Four of the boys, identified as Juveniles 1, 2, 4 and 5, are accused of setting the fire at the YMCA building. They also face arson, burglary and criminal mischief charges.Related Content: Arson suspected in several recent Norwich fires

All five were issued a summons and are scheduled to appear at Waterford Superior Court for Juvenile matters on November 18th.

Police say they do not anticipate making additional arrests in this case.

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