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Originally published Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

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Flagstaff juveniles burning ants start wildfire

Residents of a Flagstaff neighborhood scurried to put out a fire started by three juveniles burning ants with a magnifying glass.

The Associated Press

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. —

Residents of a Flagstaff neighborhood scurried to put out a fire started by three juveniles burning ants with a magnifying glass.

The Arizona Daily Sun ( http://bit.ly/17M6tV2) that the juveniles included 13- and 14-year-old girls as well as a boy whose age wasn't stated.

The two girls tried to stomp out the fire while the boy ran away when the fire started Wednesday.

A neighbor told police he heard a commotion and saw flames when he went outside. The man strung together garden hoses and sprayed water on the fire, while another neighbor used a bucket to toss water on the flames.

Firefighters arrived and hosed down the area to make sure the 10-by-20-foot fire was fully out.

The girls were referred to juvenile court to face allegations of reckless burning.

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