Teen confesses to fire that burned historic mill

Screen grab from a YouTube video of the Baron Woolen Mills fire in Brigham City on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) – Authorities say a 17-year-old boy who was visiting from California has confessed to accidentally starting a five-alarm fire that burned a historic, abandoned mill in Brigham City.

Brigham Police Chief Paul Tittensor says the boy was bored and started playing with matches when the fire got away from him on June 29.

The Standard-Examiner reports the boy watched as five fire departments responded to the blaze at the Baron Woolen Mills buildings, which date back to 1869.

City spokesman Rick Bosworth says the mill’s main building was damaged inside and its roof was destroyed. Another building further south on the property was a total loss.

No injuries were reported.

Authorities say the boy confessed to his parents the next day. He’s likely to face a misdemeanor reckless burning charge.

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