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Teen Charged With Setting Five-Acre Fire In Darien's Woodland Park

A Darien teen has been charged with setting a large brush fire at Woodland Park Wednesday.
A Darien teen has been charged with setting a large brush fire at Woodland Park Wednesday. Photo Credit: Darien Fire Department via Facebook

DARIEN, Conn. -- A Darien teen was charged with setting a five-acre fire at Woodland Park Wednesday that brought all three of Darien's fire departments to the scene, according to police.

Darien police, along with the Noroton Heights, Darien and Noroton Fire Departments, responded to Woodland Park on West Avenue at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a brush fire, police said. When emergency responders arrived, they encountered a large fire encompassing approximately five acres of the park. It took approximately two hours to extinguish the fire, with mutual aid provided by the Glenbrook Fire Department in Stamford, police said. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Police said a neighbor of the park reported seeing a teenage male setting the fire, and was able to provide a description. At least one witness was able to identify the youth, who was seen running from Woodland Park during the time frame that the fire was reported, according to police.

Darien detectives gathered witness statements from area residents who saw the teen running in the area of Christie Hill Road toward Hoyt Street, police said. The teen matched the description of the teen seen leaving the park. Police also recovered evidence from the teen's home linking him to the fire, according to police reports.

The teen was charged with first degree criminal mischief. He was issued a juvenile summons to appear in court in May.

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