MARION — Investigators in central Indiana say a 12-year-old boy playing with a magnifying glass started a fire that destroyed a garage packed with a family's belongings.
Marion fire investigator Geoff Williams says the boy was burning paper, cardboard and fabric he found in the trash can when the blaze started Thursday evening. Williams tells the Chronicle-Tribune that the boy was careless and the fire spread because of dry grass.
No injuries were reported, but the fire burned a vehicle and its heat damaged three nearby houses and another garage in the city midway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
Marilyn Huston says her family had moved from a larger house and had belongings such as her wedding dress, furniture and collectibles stored in the garage.