LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – The teenager facing first-degree arson charges for allegedly starting a fire showed no remorse after deputies told him a family’s home was destroyed, according to a report.
The 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday shortly after the 50-acre fire was contained. A report said he did “willfully and unlawfully cause damage to a dwelling by intentionally lighting pine needles ablaze.”
The family whose home was destroyed said they were not sure whether they would press charges.
“Where do I go from here? That was everything. Everything we owned,” the mother said.
She said she may not press charges because the kid made a mistake, but that mistake could cost him a felony record.
Local attorney Zachary Cantor said the teen’s age and the extent of the damage will likely play a large role in the case. It will still take more information for prosecutors to make a case for arson, the attorney said.
“People have incredibly limited information in regards to this case at this point,” Cantor said. “It’s very difficult to make a determination as to what’s going on and what this 15-year-old was actually doing out there in the woods.”
Deputies said the teenager was playing with a lighter near National Avenue South and Ravenswood Street East. His name has not been included in this story because he is a minor.