Punished child blamed for starting fire

March 16, 2009 1:50:09 PM PDT
A fire that seriously burned a home Monday afternoon was apparently started by a four-year-old being punished for misbehaving. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The flames burned through part of the roof and walls of the home on Keystone near MLK in southeast Houston. Firefighters were told the child was given a time-out in the bedroom where the fire started.

"The mom said one of her children had been in the back bedroom, apparently playing with a lighter, and started some bedding on fire," said District Chief Tony Brisbano with the Houston Fire Department.

One person needed oxygen at the scene, but no one was seriously hurt. Firefighters say they'll refer the child to a juvenile fire-starter program, which teaches kids the dangers of playing with fire.

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