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3 charged over home-destroying LA-area wildfire

Posted: January 21, 2014 4:50 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2014 4:50 p.m.

The Singer Mansion burned down during a wildfire burns north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora on Thursday.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three men have been charged in federal court with illegally setting a campfire that erupted into a wildfire and burned five homes in the Southern California mountains.

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed felony charges against the men, which can carry a five-year prison term.

All three were arrested last week and it's unclear whether they have attorneys.

Prosecutors say the men made a campfire during dangerous Santa Ana conditions and a gust of wind caught papers they threw onto the blaze. The embers set brush alight in the Angeles National Forest foothills above Glendora northeast of Los Angeles.

The resulting wildfire destroyed five homes, damaged 17, injured six people and forced several thousand from their homes.

The nearly 2,000-acre fire is 95 percent contained Tuesday.

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