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8 teens arrested after fires in Mass. city

Eight Springfield teens face charges in two overnight fires and police suspect they may be responsible for other recent arson fires in the Forest Park neighborhood.

Capt. Cheryl Clapprood says the teens, ages 15 to 17, are charged with arson of a dwelling and breaking and entering for a fire. She said they could face more charges as the investigation continues.

Six charged as adults pleaded not guilty Wednesday and were ordered held without bail until a dangerousness hearing Monday. Defense lawyers say the evidence against them is thin.

Investigators believe a fire Tuesday night in a vacant home on Martin St. may have started after two Molotov cocktails were thrown. Police allege the group also tried to set a fire outside the Springfield Lodge of Elks on Tiffany Street.

No injuries were reported.

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