Five Irvine juveniles were arrested on suspicion of arson stemming from an investigation of fires reported at College Park Elementary, Irvine police said.
The juveniles, who are 13- and 14 year old Irvine residents were questioned and released to their parents. According to Lt. Rick Handfield of the Irvine Police Department, the juveniles admitted setting cardboard on fire the night before the fires were set.
Police suspect the juveniles set fire to the kindergarten building on Saturday night and returned the following day to set fire to the playground.
Witnesses saw the kids playing with flaming objects and called the Irvine PD. Upon arrival, the officers found the juveniles next to a small fire that appeared to have been set with an aerosol can.
It is unknown at this time if the Orange County District Attorneys Office is going to file charges against the juveniles for arson or other related charges in juvenile court.
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