Prospect Heights Teen Charged with Arson of Family Home

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Illinois fire protection contractorProspect Heights, IL -- A fourteen year old boy has been charged with arson of his family home.  His family survived, but his parents and a police officer were injured in the fire.

The teen, who is not being identified because he was charged as a juvenile, is facing three counts of aggravated arson in connection with three injuries.

Around 3:30am on Monday, fire crews were called to the single family home.  Twenty fire departments worked to control the fire.  The house is a complete loss.

"Uninhabitable.  It's boarded up.  Beyond the foundation, there's nothing salvageable in it," said Prospect Heights Police Chief Jamie Dunne.

The boy's father told the first police officer that arrived that his son was still inside and he refused treatment to his burned hand until the boy was found.  Fire crews searched the house for him, but couldn't find him.  At 9am the next day, police found him at an apartment complex.

The boy is an athlete at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.