4 teens charged in connection with Mass. mill blaze

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — Four teenagers have been charged in connection with a blaze that destroyed an abandoned 130,000-square-foot mill in Haverhill.

The seven-alarm fire began at the historic Haverhill mill around 5 p.m. Sunday. Smoke could be seen 20 miles away. No injuries were reported.

Four boys, ages 14 through 16, were arraigned Thursday in Lawrence Juvenile Court on charges including burning a building and breaking and entering. A judge ordered them detained without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Sept. 30. Their names weren’t released because of their ages.

ArsonWatch posters were placed on the ruins of the building and in the surrounding neighborhood Monday, offering a $5,000 reward for information about the blaze.

Fire Chief Jack Parow said the five-story building was built in 1884 and had been empty for a while.


This story has been corrected to show that the suspects were to be arraigned in juvenile court, not district court.

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