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Gov. Paul LePage tours fire damage in Lewiston

12:34 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage is getting a firsthand look at damage from three major fires in Lewiston, and he has little sympathy for the 12-year-old boys accused of setting two of them.

LePage said Tuesday that those responsible for the devastation "should be put away."

The three fires over a week destroyed nine buildings and damaged several more.

LePage says he's familiar with buildings and neighborhood from his youth during which he was homeless for a time. The Sun Journal says LePage believes the kids are old enough to know what they were doing and should be punished "to the fullest extent of the law."

It remains to be seen whether the boys will be tried as adults or juveniles. For now, they're both detained in the juvenile system.

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