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Authorities Investigate Arson At Cumberland Group Home

Posted June 26, 2003 10:27 a.m. EDT

— Detectives say teenagers living in a group home for behavioral problems tried to set the home on fire.

Authorities responded to a fire at the Safe Landing Group Home on 4679 McKinnon Farm Road early Wednesday morning.

Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set in a bedroom of the home and have charged four of the five occupants with the crime.

Semesha Minter, 16, has been charged with first degree arson, felony conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. A 14-year-old female and a 15-year-old female have been charged with first degree arson and felony conspiracy. Another 15-year-old female has been charged with just felony conspiracy

The motive for the fire is believed to be that the four individuals involved did not want to live in the group home any longer.

Authorities say the fire caused almost $5,000 worth of damage.