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Police: 10-year-old set fire inside Middletown business

(FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiter) (FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiter)
The scene earlier Sunday afternoon. (Photo provided) The scene earlier Sunday afternoon. (Photo provided)

A 10-year-old boy is facing charges after Middletown police said he intentionally set fire inside a business that caused $200,000 worth of damage.  

Police were dispatched to the fire inside a Family Dollar on Roosevelt Boulevard, at around 1 p.m.

The Middletown Fire Department arrived, extinguish the fire and cleared the large amount of smoke from the business, police said.

Approximately 10 people were inside the business at the time of the fire.  No injures were reported. 

While investigating the fire, police said evidence was located indicating the fire was intentionally set. 

During the initial investigation by the Middletown Fire Investigation Task Force, the suspect was identified but could not be located at his home.  Police were unable to successfully interview the suspect's father and older brother. 

The suspect's mother arrived and cooperated fully with police in locating her son, police said. 

The boy was taken into custody at the intersection of Greenview and Bonita drives, at around 3:15 p.m.

Police said the boy and the suspect's mother have been cooperative during the investigation.

The boy was charged with delinquency with aggravated arson and was released to his mother, according to a release.

He will appear in Butler County Juvenile Court on May 16. 

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