Police: Boy, 11, caused $1M in damage in Kohl's fire

Child to face arson charges

By Christina Vazquez - Reporter

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Coral Springs police said they are trying to understand why an 11-year-old boy would want to set fire to the woman's section of a Kohl's department store twice. 

The boy is accused of setting fires at the Kohl's store at 9001 W. Atlantic Blvd. on Jan. 9 and on Thursday. 

Detectives interviewed the boy Thursday afternoon and planned to speak with his parents after charging him with two felony counts of arson. 

The latest fire happened just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The flames triggered the sprinkler system, which caused an evacuation. Police said people could have been hurt. 

Detectives were already looking for the child after they said he was caught on surveillance video last week doing something similar. 

In both cases, police said, the boy piled up women's clothing, doused it with lighter fluid and then used a lighter to set it on fire. 

Kohl's management told police in the first fire the boy caused roughly $400,000 worth of damage. 

In the second fire, the damage estimate is greater at $600,000 because water from the sprinkler system damaged merchandise in addition to the clothing he set on fire, police said.

Police said Thursday evening the boy would be sent to the juvenile detention center. 

Coral Springs police spokesman Lt. Joe McHugh said the State Attorney's Office will decide whether to charge the child as an adult.

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