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Boys, 13, charged with murder in California library fire

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Feb 24, 2020

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Murder charges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys suspected of starting a blaze that killed two firefighters at a central California library.

Police said the boys were arrested after they were seen running from Porterville City Library shortly after flames erupted.

Tulare County prosecutors filed two counts of murder with special circumstances of multiple murders and arson.

The boys denied the charges and remain in jail. They are scheduled to return to juvenile court on March 11.

Firefighters Patrick Jones and Raymond Figueroa were killed as they battled the flames that gutted the library in the town in the San Joaquin Valley.

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This combination of undated file photos provided by the Porterville, Calif., Fire Department shows firefighter Patrick Jones, left, and Capt. Raymond Figueroa. (Porterville Fire Department via AP)