A seven-year-old boy will be held criminally responsible as an adult for intentionally setting a fire in which two people suffered minor burns. A child has been charged with “deliberately” starting a devastating fire while his parents were sleeping in the house. Volunteer firefighters responded after 11 a.m. on May 24 to a burning house near the town of Elizabeth.
At the scene, flames and smoke billowed above the damaged home, as seen in a dramatic photo posted on Facebook by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Although two people suffered minor burns, the police said that “everyone got out of the house alive”.
The seven-year-old was taken into custody and faces a charge of first-degree arson, officials said, adding that they would not release further details about the investigation due to the “sensitive nature of the case.” Elizabeth is located approximately 105 kilometers northeast of Charleston, the capital of the US state of West Virginia.