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Kid playing with matches started LA wildfire

By asoglin
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 3:56 pm in Parenting Issues.

matchesSeems one of the dozen wildfires plaguing Southerm California last week was started by a kid playing with matches in his backyard. Fanned by high winds, the blaze ultimately consumed 38,000 acres and burned down 21 homes, although ironically, it spared the boy’s home. Police have turned the matter over to the district attorney, and the child, a boy under age 13, has been released to his parents. We’re trying to imagine the conversations going on under that roof. What would you do if your kid did something like that?
- Jackie Burrell

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  1. Cathy Says:

    A few months ago, my husband caught our neighbor’s son (14 and a Boy Scout) trying to light some of his toys in the backyard. The grass nearby was dead — dry kindling waiting to ignite. My husband saw the flicker of the flame and hopped up on the fence to give him an earful. The boy seemed startled. Now, I wonder if it was enough. Perhaps we should have told his mom. The L.A. fires are proof that even a harmless incident could have been serious.

  2. mom Says:

    One stupid pastime and whoosh. So many lives disrupted, so many homes burned. Thank God no one died in that particular fire – that would be a heavy burden for a youngster to bear. This one’s heavy enough.

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