Northern Calif. Boy Sets Friend On Fire -- Twice

A 12-year-old California boy is under arrest for allegedly setting his friend on fire twice.

The victim, a 13-year-old boy, suffered severe burns to his legs as well as burns to his arms and abdomen.

Fire officials say the two were playing in a tree house Wednesday and filled a balloon with lighter fluid. The balloon broke, soaking the 13-year-old in the fluid.

According to officials, as he started leaving to go change his clothes, the 12-year-old lit him on fire. The victim patted out the flames, but then 12-year-old allegedly lit him ablaze again.

Sacramento Fire Capt. Jim Doucette says he doesn't know if the suspect intended to hurt his friend or was just being playful.

He was taken to juvenile hall and faces arson charges.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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