'Bored' boy, 9, burns down supermarket

2012-10-19 18:18
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Vienna - A 9-year-old Austrian boy was responsible for starting a fire that destroyed a supermarket, police said on Friday following a four-month investigation.

Police gave no details but media reports said that the boy set fire to rolls of toilet paper on the shelves of the store in Dornbirn, western Austria, because he was "bored".

The blaze in June caused several million euros' worth of damage, with 100 firefighters having to contend with exploding aerosols and glass shelving shattering. No one was hurt.

Police discovered in subsequent enquiries at a nearby school that the boy, who has not been named, was responsible, the Kurier daily reported on Friday.

"The child is below the age of criminal responsibility," a spokesperson for police in the state of Vorarlberg said. "We would prefer not to give details of our investigation at this stage."

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