Fort Lauderdale boy, 7, lights firecracker, sets house on fire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a 7-year-old boy set his house of fire after lighting firecrackers and throwing them under a television stand.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Timothy Heiser says a sibling urged the boy to light the firecrackers on Saturday morning. The fire was quickly extinguished and damage was kept to a minimum. No one was injured.

Authorities say the child ran outside after lighting the firecracker.

Heiser says the child has been referred to the Juvenile Fire Setter Prevention and Intervention Program, which offers fire safety education for children with a history of setting fires.

No further details were immediately available.

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