Two Albany teens admit to setting fire to bridge on Lake Wobegon Trail


The Stearns County Sheriff's Office announced that two Albany teenagers have admitted to setting a bridge on the Lake Wobegon Trail on fire.

According to KNSI, investigators questioned the boys about Saturday's fire and both admitted to starting it. The 14 and 16-year-old boys were released into the custody of their parents.

The St. Cloud Times notes that the case has been turned over to the Stearns County Attorney's Office for possible charges.

The fire was reported Saturday on the bridge over Schwinghammer Lake by a biker around 5:30 p.m. By the time firefighters arrived the bridge was fully engulfed in flames.

However, firefighters were able to save the bridge and after the DNR inspected it Monday, the bridge was deemed safe and re-opened.


Authorities had been offering a $5,000 reward for information about the fire.

The names of the boys have not been released.

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