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Teens Accused Of Setting Off 8 False Fire Alarms In Malden

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MALDEN (CBS) – The Malden Fire Department had a busy night chasing several false alarms.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

Investigators say teenagers pulled the alarms on eight fire boxes overnight within 15 minutes of each other, starting at 1 a.m.

Three teens were caught at one of the scenes and detained by firefighters.

The deputy fire chief said the stunt was a waste of money and, more importantly, someone could have been hurt or killed.

Each time a box is struck, a deputy, two engines and a ladder have to respond.

And even if they suspect a call is fake, they still have to go.

“When we have a series of false alarms in the same area like that, you know what it is, it’s just a matter of chasing it around, rewinding the boxes and returning to quarters,” Deputy Fire Chief Bill Sullivan told WBZ-TV.

The three teens were picked up by their parents. All of them are from Everett, according to the Malden Patch.

WBZ-TV’s David Robichaud reports

Several of the fireboxes have surveillance cameras above them. Investigators will look at those to see if anyone else was involved.

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