14-year-old set on fire at Peterson’s Yacht Basin, 13-year-old arrested

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A juvenile is in the hospital after being set on fire Sunday afternoon at Peterson’s Yacht Basin. 

Newport News dispatchers say they received the emergency call for the incident around 3:40 p.m. It happened at the park near the intersection of Blair Avenue and Walnut Avenue. 

Police said when first responders got on the scene, they found a 14-year-old boy suffering from burns to his torso and one of his arms. 

The initial investigation by police revealed the victim and a 13-year-old were dropped off at the park to use the grill at the picnic area. There was an argument between the two over who was going to light the charcoal. 

Police say the argument turned physical and the 13-year-old suspect doused the victim with lighter fluid and ignited his clothing.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Police say he has third degree burns on 15 percent of his body. 

Police took the 13-year-old into custody and have charged him with malicious bodily injury by means of caustic substance or agent or use of any explosive or fire. 

A witness, who didn’t want to be named, tells 10 On Your Side he saw the juvenile on the corner of the street covered in flames with a boy standing behind him.

The witness also says the juvenile was running around trying to put out the flames before he started rolling on the ground. 

Stay on WAVY.com for the latest in this developing story. 

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