Maryland

Two teens facing charges after Queen Anne's Co. arson

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY, Md. - Two Queen Anne's County teens face arson and other related charges for their reported involvement in a fire that happened in Chester, on Friday.

According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, the fire which was reported by several neighbors at 5:28 p.m., happened at 800 Castle Marina Road, in Chester. It reportedly brought out 25 firefighters from the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding fire departments.

It took the firefighters two hours to bring the fire within the empty two and a half story house under control. Deputy State Fire Marshals determined the house was owned by K Hovnanian at Kent Island L.L.C. and was built in 1900.

The estimated value of the home based on the square footage is $250,000. Deputy State Fire Marshals determined the cause of the fire to be arson.

They were later able to find and interview two teens (ages 14 and 15) who confessed to pulling old Christmas trees into the house and intentionally setting them on fire with a lighter that they had found.

The teens then ran from the scene without reporting the fire. Deputy State Fire Marshals will be forwarding charges of second degree arson, first degree malicious burning, malicious destruction of property burglary and trespassing to the Department of Juvenile Services for formal court action. The home was considered a complete loss. 


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