2 Layton High students arrested for setting fire to Davis High football field

Nov 14 2013 - 10:42am

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FILE - A Davis high football player runs for a touchdown on the Davis High football field, Friday, October 30, 2009. (Standard-Examiner file photo)
FILE - A Davis high football player runs for a touchdown on the Davis High football field, Friday, October 30, 2009. (Standard-Examiner file photo)

KAYSVILLE -- Two Layton High School students have been arrested for starting a fire on Davis High School's football field.

The two boys, both 16, were booked in Farmington Bay Youth Center on Monday, said Kaysville Police Sgt. Shawn McKinnon.

"It was Layton High School's principal, Ryck Astle, who alerted the school resource officer Tim Barlow and (Davis High) Principal Dee Burton about rumors at (Layton) school," McKinnon said.

Kaysville firefighters and police were called out at 8:39 p.m. on Saturday to Davis High School. When they arrived they could see "low flames burning on the field and it appeared gasoline or some kind of accelerant was used on the field to light it on fire," McKinnon said.

McKinnon said officers could also smell a gasoline odor.

The fire damaged a section, measuring 8 feet by 6 feet, of the artificial turf, or between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of damage. The entire field costs about $2 million, McKinnon said.

The two boys were booked each on one count of second-degree arson and one count of criminal trespass. The Davis County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case before filing formal charges with 2nd District Juvenile Court.

"Between Twitter, social media and rumors at the school is how they were caught," McKinnon said.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE.

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