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*This story has been updated from an earlier version from Monday, Oct. 9. 

Officials say two teenage boys ­— one 15 and one 16 — have been charged with multiple counts of arson and burglary after more than two dozen fires were reported near West Sedona School Sunday morning.

A call came in early Sunday morning to report a dumpster fire near the school, said Sedona Police Chief David McGill. 

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they put out the first dumpster fire and later found multiple trash fires around the school and outdoor lockers, said Sedona Fire District Marshal Jon Davis. 

“Reports say that a witness saw two juveniles leave the scene shortly after the fires started,” McGill said. “Through good police work, we were able to locate them within a couple hours.” 

Both teens were also charged with underage consumption of alcohol, according to police.

There were no injuries but officials estimate the fires caused $25,000 in damage. 

Bonny Borne-Singer of Sedona said she was dismayed to find out about the damages to the lockers as she had been part of a fundraising effort to put in the lockers back in 2006.

“To find out about the damages was disheartening,” she said. “Those poor kids.”

In an emailed statement, Sedona-Oak Creek School District administration expressed its appreciation for the quick response and investigation by Sedona fire and police crews.

“We are always very grateful for their supportive partnership in education and school safety,” the statement read.


Kelcie Grega can be reached at 282-7795 ext. 126, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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