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Lewiston fire suspect wants interviews tossed

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - A lawyer for a 13-year-old boy charged with setting a fire in Lewiston that destroyed three apartment buildings and left 75 people homeless wants statements the teen made to police suppressed.

Attorney Alan Lobozzo told a judge Monday that statements the boy made to an investigator should be inadmissible as evidence because the boy was not immediately read his Miranda rights.

The boy, who was 12 at the time, in a videotaped interview, at first told police he did not start the April 29 fire, then gave police a detailed account of what happened.

The judge did not rule and continued the hearing until Friday.

The April 29 blaze was one of three in the city in a week. Another 13-year-old boy and two men face charges in the others.

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