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Kids charged in Garden District arson

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BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested two kids for setting a car and carport on fire Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators told WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington, the kids are 11 and 12. Since they are so young, their names were not released. 

Investigators detained the juveniles shortly after the fire, held them in police cars and questioned them.  It was during questioning where they confessed, a fire department spokesperson said.

The fire, originally reported to be in the 2200 block of Olive Street, ended up to be at a home a block over, on Tulip Street.  Arson investigators said the pair poured gasoline onto a car and set it ablaze.  The fire spread to the carport the car was parked under.

Fire crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to the home, but the building sustained heat damage.

A news release from the fire department did not elaborate on why the kids set the fire.

Tulip Street is in the heart of the city's Garden District, the location of blocks of homes mostly built between 1911 and 1930. The area is on the Louisiana National Register of Historic Places.

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