Teen set wildfire over pesky mosquitos, Minn. report says

Annoying mosquitos allegedly led a  Minnesota teenager to set a widlfire

CBS News

MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota teen allegedly told prosecutors he intentionally set a wildfire that damaged over 70 acres and endangered several homes because mosquitos were bothering him, CBS Minnesota reported.

The 17-year-old is charged with felony wildlife arson, and is due in court today.

Authorities received the first report of a blaze in Cass County last Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

When deputies arrived, they reportedly noticed another fire about 100 yards south of the initially reported location. Deputies decided to try to head off the suspect 300 yards south of the second fire, according to CBS Minnesota.

A deputy eventually encountered the teen near an abandoned railroad bed. Officials say he fled but was arrested a short time later.

The suspect initially denied any involvement in the fires and blamed someone else, authorities said. During a later interview, they say he confessed to setting the second blaze.

Ten homes were evacuated due to the fire, but none were damaged, according to the station.

The 17-year-old is being held at a juvenile detention center in Bemidji.