Arson suspected in Fallbrook fire

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FALLBROOK, Calif. – North County Fire Protection investigators suspect young arsonists are to blame for a half acre brush fire in Fallbrook Sunday.

The small fire on Mission Road was reported to firefighters at 5:45 p.m. and was quickly contained, according to North County fire Captain Rick Rees.

“Some juvenile’s were playing around,” said Rees.

The fire burned within 200 feet of Fallbrook resident Justin Maxwell’s home Sunday around 6 p.m. Maxwell said he’s put up barriers and calls the cops frequently.

“It’s sad – I want to cry about it,” said Maxwell.

Firefighters confirmed the same area near Alturas and Aviation roads has been intentionally burned several times in the last few years.

“You got a bunch of punk high school kids that walk by here every day,” said Maxwell.

Firefighters said no arrests have been made in connection with the fire.

Investigators said if kids set the fires and are taken into custody they will go through a diversion program, where law enforcement works directly with them to make sure a fire isn’t intentionally set again.

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