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Two Teens Arrested in Arson Fire that Critically Injured Firefighter

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Two teenage boys in Buffalo are in custody after being accused of starting the fire that critically injured a firefighter last June.

Officials announced Friday that the two boys were 15 at the time of the fire and are being charged with juvenile delinquency.

Buffalo firefighter Mark Reed was struck by a collapsing chimney while fight the blaze in a vacant home. He suffered critical injuries and doctors had to amputate his right leg.

Mayor Byron Brown says he will push for state legislation that would toughen the penalties in arson cases where firefighters are injured.

Authorities say the teens are being detained. They wouldn't say where. Investigators say the two suspects also face charges for some unrelated crimes.