Salem police arrested a 16-year-old boy who is accused of starting a fire at a residence on Friday.
The Salem Fire Department says crews began responding to the house fire near Church Street SE just after 12:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. It was eventually upgraded to a second alarm and the Salem Police Department arrived at the scene to assist.
Officials say the flames started on the porch before quickly spreading and engulfing a large portion of the home.
After hearing from witnesses, police learned that a teenage boy allegedly set a lit sparkler onto a Halloween decoration at the house, which is believed to have started the fire. The boy was arrested and lodged at Marion County Juvenile Detention Center. He’s facing charges of first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless endangering. His identity has not been released due to being a minor.