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Tualatin teens start fire on railroad tracks

Where there's smoke there must be the beginning of Spring Break.

On Saturday, March 22, Tualatin police charged three juvenile teen males with second-degree arson after police were called to the scene of a fire on a set of railroad tracks in a neighborhood near Ibach Park.

The three juveniles, one age 15 and the other two ages 14, were referred to the Washington County Juvenile Department. Along with arson, the teens face charges on first-degree criminal trespass, reckless burning and first degree criminal mischief.

According to police, teens told officers that they started the fire on the tracks and watched it burn for about an hour.

A Portland and Western Railroad representative inspected the track and estimated the damage to be about $1,000. The estimate did not include the cost it took to close down the track for half a day to make repairs, according to the police report.

Three officers responded to a call at about 1:45 pm. Saturday from a resident of Gram Street in southwest Tualatin. The resident had reported seeing smoke coming from the railroad tracks behind his house. Responding officers intercepted the three juveniles who were attempting to run from the scene.

Police found two railroad ties on the track still smoldering. Members of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene and extinguished the hot spots.