Kids Suspected in 2 Small Fires in Hamilton Area

Small brush fires damage no structures in southern Novato neighborhood.

Investigators are seeking to track down the identities of kids suspected of starting two fires Friday in the Hamilton area of Novato, the Novato Fire District said.

At 6:24 p.m., firefighters responded to a vegetation fire on the grounds of Hamilton Meadow Park School on Main Gate Road, Division Chief Mark Heine said. A small area of bushes burned and there was no damage to the school buildings, he said.

The cause is under investigation, but initial reports were that juveniles set the fire, Heine said.

At 7:14 p.m., there was a second call for a brush fire, this time on Palm Drive in the center of downtown Hamilton, near Unity in Marin church and the shuttered Hamilton Theater. Heine said a quarter-acre burned and there was no damage to structures. That time, a witness saw kids lighting the fire, the chief said.

Novato police blocked off traffic to the area as firefighters did their job and then assisted in searching the area for suspects. Police investigators are teaming up with fire personnel to look into the incidents, which took place three-quarters of a mile away from each other.

If you have information to offer, call Novato police at 897-4361.

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Gram February 16, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Small fires?? Really? Seriously? Why minimize any arson ? Send these kids back where they came from!
Mia February 16, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Where they came from? Really, they don't even know who the kids are yet. Plus it happened small community of novato, not some immigrant ghetto
Craig Belfor February 16, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Look at the police logs. The cops already have the names of known arsonists that live in subsidized housing the they arrested last year.
Born & raised February 16, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Mia, I agree. Hamilton is not an immigrant ghetto, but it is definatly a low income ghetto!
Ka-tu February 17, 2013 at 02:55 AM
What kind of comment is "where they come from"? Really? The comment should be "arrest the kids and make them along with their parents accountable for their actions" I just don't understand the comment where they come from? how is that going to make anything better? Just put your head in the sand where you can't see what is going on around you?


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