Fire that damaged South Daytona home started by 16-year-old torching Christmas tree, police say

Fire caused cosmetic damage to home along Reed Canal Road

Fire crews are working a fire along Reed Canal Road. (South Daytona Police Department.)

SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. – Fire crews managed to douse a brush fire Monday afternoon that caused some damage to a home along Reed Canal Road in South Daytona.

Roads near Coventry Forest were closed while firefighters worked the fire.

Investigators said witnesses saw four juveniles running from the area shortly after the fire started. Police managed to track down the juveniles and question them about the flames.

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Investigators said it was learned that one of the teens, a 16-year-old boy, set a Christmas tree on fire in the woods, but the flames quickly got out of control and began to spread. News 6 has decided not to name the teen.

Fire officials said a home in the area was damaged and evacuated. Police said the damage was only cosmetic.

The 16-year-old now faces charges of intentional or reckless burning of lands and arson.

Police said the fire was contained around 3 p.m.

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