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Teenager charged with starting 5-alarm Cicero warehouse fire

A large fire burning Tuesday night vacant  warehouse west suburban Cicero.  |  Town Cicero photo

A large fire burning Tuesday night in a vacant warehouse in west suburban Cicero. | Town of Cicero photo

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A teenage boy has been charged with starting an extra-alarm fire that consumed most of a vacant warehouse earlier this week in Cicero.

The high school-aged teenager was charged with two counts of arson after he and a group of teens allegedly went to the warehouse at 1829 54th Ave. on Tuesday and then started a fire, possibly to keep warm, according to town spokesman Ray Hanania.

The accused teenager, whose age was not specified, played with the fire, causing it to spread, police said. The teens then fled.

Crews first responded to the fire about 6:15 p.m., according to dispatch reports. The flames spread to a building to the south at 1843 54th Ave. that houses Central Steel Fabricators, Hanania said.

As firefighters were putting out the 5-11 warehouse fire early Wednesday morning, another blaze was reported at a home at 1410 S. 50th Ct. about 3:30 a.m., which quickly spread to the home next door at 1412 S. 50th St., Hanania said.

Investigators determined that the second fire was started by a space heater and was ruled an accident.

Numerous area fire departments assisted in fighting the warehouse fire, which raged for more than 12 hours before it was struck out Wednesday morning.

The boy was arrested on Friday night after information was given to Cicero fire investigators and police, Hanania said.

None of the other juveniles will be charged in connection to the fire, police said.

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