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Teens charged in fire at house that had 11 people inside

August 29, 2018

SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) — Two teens have been charged with arson in a weekend fire at a southwestern Illinois house where 11 people were inside.

Swansea Police Chief Steve Johnson says the 11 included a baby and five more children. He says a neighbor called and alerted them about the fire Saturday night. The Belleville News-Democrat says all safely fled the house.

An 18-year-old female and an 18-year-old male have been charged with arson and resisting arrest. One suffered burns in the fire. They’re being held in the St. Clair County jail on $500,000 bail.

In a statement Wednesday, Johnson says a “total team effort” involving his officers and other law enforcement agencies prevented a major tragedy.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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