Juveniles face charges in Portage arson fire and burglary

PORTAGE (WKOW) — A recent arson fire and burglary in Portage has resulted three juveniles facing charges in the two cases.

Portage Fire and Police Departments responded Oct. 4 to a structure fire in the 2600 block of New Pinery Road, which is the vacant former Johnson Mechanical building.

Responding crews quickly determined it was an arson fire, according to a Portage Police Department news release.

Investigators with the police and fire department identified and referred two juveniles for charges of arson and criminal trespass to a dwelling.

Police also determined that the two juveniles, along with a third juvenile, were involved in a burglary the same evening in the 100 block of E. Burns Street.

The three juveniles have been referred for charges of burglary and criminal damage to property in that case.

The Portage Police and Fire Departments credited citizen tipsters with help in identifying the suspects.

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