The teens were charged with arson and arraigned in Lawrence District Court a week after the fire destroyed the former home of Hudson Machining The fire started in the late afternoon and drew 125 firefighters from 19 communities. Firefighters spent the entire night wetting down hot spots.
Middle School student Lauren Kole rose to the podium and sang the "National Anthem." Fellow student Mark Witt read the poem "Nation of Survivors" by Jack Foshee Jr. It reads, in part: "We're a nation of survivors, with one heart we share a tear/ But we live to serve the memory, not giving in to fear."