A plot hatched by three teenage girls to escape a juvenile detention facility was foiled by bad timing Monday night, and they found themselves having to evacuate wearing only towels.
The girls, two age 16 and one 17, soaked a washcloth in a flammable liquid, put it in a vent and set it afire shortly after 8 p.m. at the Liberty juvenile detention facility at 2050 W. 11th St., near 13th and McLean, Lt. Doug Nolte said. Their plan, he said, was to slip away as the center was being evacuated because of the fire alarm.
But the smoke detector didn’t go off as soon as they expected, so to cover their absence they jumped in the shower, Nolte said.
Then the fire alarm went off.
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The staff evacuated the 55 girls who are housed there — including the three girls who were in the shower, clad only in towels. Eleven staff members were also evacuated.
Everyone returned to the facility once the washcloth was discovered and discarded, Nolte said.