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BOY, 9, ARRESTED IN FIRE; 100 HOMELESS

Among the hundreds of people who watched firefighters battle a blaze that left nearly 100 people homeless, authorities found their suspect: a 9-year-old boy.

A patrolman seeking witnesses said the boy made "incriminating statements" and then confessed to setting the fire Tuesday at a vacant factory, Mayor Vincent Cianci Jr. said. The boy was arrested.

The a blaze was so intense its heat ignited four houses nearby, Cianci said.

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