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Children blamed for fire at Alaska Native village

A fire that destroyed the Alaska Native village of Hooper Bay was started by children playing with matches, fire investigators said.

The kids, all under the age of 12, used the matches to start fires at the old village school. The blaze spread quickly, causing at least $30 million in property damage and forcing more than 70 people from their homes.

The identities of the children were not made public. Hooper Bay is a Yup'ik village of about 1,100.

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