CRIME

Boys accused of setting fire that destroyed historic Oregon ballpark are charged with arson

  • FILE - In this June 29, 2015, file photo, onlookers watch the Civic Stadium burn in Eugene, Ore. Eugene investigators said Thursday, July 2, four boys were playing with fire in the press box of the town's historic stadium, but the flames got out of control and burned down the ballpark. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

    FILE - In this June 29, 2015, file photo, onlookers watch the Civic Stadium burn in Eugene, Ore. Eugene investigators said Thursday, July 2, four boys were playing with fire in the press box of the town's historic stadium, but the flames got out of control and burned down the ballpark. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 29, 2015, file photo, firefighters work to put out a fire at the Civic Stadium in Eugene, Ore. Eugene investigators said Thursday, July 2, four boys were playing with fire in the press box of the town's historic stadium, but the flames got out of control and burned down the ballpark. (Paul Carter/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

    FILE - In this June 29, 2015, file photo, firefighters work to put out a fire at the Civic Stadium in Eugene, Ore. Eugene investigators said Thursday, July 2, four boys were playing with fire in the press box of the town's historic stadium, but the flames got out of control and burned down the ballpark. (Paul Carter/The Register-Guard via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Four boys accused of playing with fire and starting a massive blaze that destroyed Eugene, Oregon's historic Civic Stadium are facing more serious charges.

The Register-Guard newspaper of Eugene reports (http://is.gd/3fsM9O ) that the boys, one who's 10 and the others 12, were charged with first-degree arson and reckless endangerment Monday. The charges were added to counts of criminal mischief, reckless burning and reckless endangerment.

Investigators say the boys were playing with fire June 29 and then fled when the flames got out of control. The panicked boys jumped a chain-link fence as the flames spread, hopped on their bicycles and fled.

The parents of a fifth boy who left before the fire tipped off police July 1.

The stadium hasn't been used since 2009 when the minor-league Eugene Emeralds left.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com