Fire investigators say an Aberdeen-area house is a total loss after two juvenile neighbors playing with a lighter set two trash bags on fire on a rear porch Tuesday evening, while the occupants, who had just moved in, were not home.
While no injuries to people were reported, a family dog and pet bird died in the fire. Damage is estimated at $100,000 to the dwelling and $100,000 to contents.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal does not plan to file juvenile charges against the two 5-year-olds, or charges against their parents, because of the children's age, and the fire was clearly an accident.
"It was not a malicious act, it was not an intentional act; it was...