Teens start fire in youth home, take off in stolen limo

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Police say a group of teens, still on the lam after stealing a limousine to escape a youth home, likely started an early morning fire to distract the facility's personnel.

Adams Township police said the teens may have started a small fire around 4:30 a.m. in a girl's room at the Mars Home for Youth, a non-secured facility for troubled children. Workers managed to douse the flames before firefighters arrived.

Police said the teens then called for a limousine, which arrived around 6:15 a.m. When the driver realized the three boys had no money, he ordered them out.

As he exited the vehicle to throw out their bags, two more teens leaped into the limo and sped off, police said.

Police said they have yet to receive word of the teens' apprehension.

Administrators at the Mars Home for Youth said they are conducting an internal investigation into the escape.

Ryan Brown: rbrown@post-gazette.com More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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