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Investigators: El Royal Party Store fire was started by 10-year-old boy

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Posted at 12:53 PM, May 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 11:50:39-04

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A fire that destroyed a Muskegon County party store was started by a 10-year-old boy, according to Fruitport Township police.

The fire happened at the El Royal Party Store on Airline Highway just after 4 a.m. on April 17.

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The El Royal Party Store was destroyed in the fire.

Officials say they have finished their investigation into the fire and found it was started next to the party store by a 10-year-old boy who was staying at the neighboring hotel.

The Muskegon County prosecutor has filed a petition with the juvenile court alleging the 10-year-old committed arson and asking the court to take jurisdiction over the child to determine what assessments and measures are necessary to protect the community and that are in the best interest of the child.

The prosecutor tells us they are not asking the court to incarcerate the child.

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