An Evans woman called deputies Monday evening after catching two children trying to start a fire at the neighborhood gazebo.
The Summerton Circle resident said she saw two children, ages 12 and 13, trying to start a fire with a gas can just after 5:30 p.m. near the gazebo in the common area of the Jessica Creek at Knob Hill subdivision, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. When she came outside, the woman said the children ran back to their home, leaving the gas can and lighter behind.
A deputy found burned mulch and the gas can.
The children’s grandmother allowed the deputy to speak with them. They admitted they tried to start a fire because they were bored, according to the report.
The president of the neighborhood homeowners association opted not to press charges.