MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Middletown Police have charged two teens with aggravated arson accusing them of setting a family's home on fire.
Thaddeus Shields, 18, was charged with aggravated arson. A 17-year-old juvenile will be also be charged with aggravated arson in juvenile court.
Officers say that the teens set fire to a home in the 2000 block of Roosevelt Avenue on Tuesday. Crews arriving on the scene initially believed that a mother and two children were inside. They later learned the residents had left Monday night to stay with family after someone reportedly harassed them earlier in the day.
The homeowner reportedly told authorities what she referred to as "neighborhood punks" had recently threatened to burn down the house.
It took 22 firefighters about 20 minutes to control the blaze. The home is believed to be a total loss.
Officials say that the investigation is continuing. Officers say that additional charges are possible. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Kelly at 513-425-7736.