Boys face charges after Topsham fire

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TOPSHAM — An April 28 woods fire was caused by two 12-year-old Topsham boys playing with a lighter, officials said Tuesday.

Charges are pending against the boys, according to Police Chief Chris Lewis. They may have to undergo a junior fire setting program, Emergency Medical Services Director Mike Labbe said.

Firefighters were dispatched to Crooker’s Pit at 2:55 p.m., and had the fire under control about a half hour later. The scene was clear at 4:43 p.m., according to Topsham Fire and Rescue Capt. Greg Payson.

The fire consumed about an acre and a half. Firefighters from Brunswick and Lisbon were called in “because the wind conditions were pushing (the blaze) pretty hard,” Payson said last week.

The Maine Forest Service investigated.