Wooded area burns; children questioned

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WILTON – Police and forest rangers are trying to sort out who stole some furniture and who started a fire that scorched about one-tenth of an acre of forested land.

The fire was started Friday in a wooded area behind the Arkay Trailer Park located off Main Street.

A group of children ranging in age from 13 to 16 had illegally built a makeshift fort or camp on someone else’s property using a tarp and shower curtain along with wood pieces among other items, Maine Forest Ranger Jay Bernard said.

“We have determined the area of origin was a campsite created by the children,” Bernard said.

A parent gave the children some of the supplies for the camp and knew they were building it, he said.

Some of the children stole some furniture from a nearby residence and put it at the site, he added.

Wilton police Chief Dennis Brown said police were able to recover the stolen property and return it to its owner. The case is under investigation, he said, and charges are pending.

Bernard said he is still trying to sort out who owns the property.

The case will be turned over to another forest ranger who could file charges in the future, he said.

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