14-year-old Aurora boy charged with setting vehicles on fire

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A 14-year-old west suburban boy has been charged with setting a fire that damaged 12 vehicles in an Aurora parking lot early Saturday.

The teenager was arrested at his home Sunday night and charged with two counts of arson, according to Aurora police. He is being held in the Kane County Youth Home in St. Charles.

About 2 a.m., authorities responded to a call of a blaze at Highland Avenue and Charles Street, and found 12 vehicles burning inside a gated parking lot in the 600 block of Charles, a statement from police said.

The privately owned lot is being used by a party that buys and sells used vehicles, police said. The vehicles damaged in the fire include nine cars, two SUVs and a van of varying makes and models.

Damage was estimated at $48,000. No one was injured in the fire.

A second juvenile suspect is also expected to be charged.

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