Two juveniles charged in 2016 arson
STEVENSVILLE — Two Queen Anne’s County juveniles have been charged in connection to a arson fire that caused $5,000 to a vacant, splint-level, single-family house June 12, 2016, in Kent Island Estates.
United Communities Volunteer Fire Department was the first on the scene of the Oregon Road fire and, with the help of the Kent Island, Grasonville and Queenstown volunteer fire departments, put out the blaze in about 20 minutes, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The fire began at the front door and foyer area of the vacant dwelling owned by HSBC Mortgage. Crews were able to contained the fire before it spread further into the house.
The one-alarm fire was discovered by a passerby.
The fire marshal’s office determined the fire had been deliberately set. Investigation lead deputy fire marshals to two juveniles, who were charged May 25 for their roles in the fire.
One juvenile is being charged with firstdegree arson, burglary, malicious burning and malicious destruction of property. The second juvenile is begin charged only with burglary as he was illegally in the house when the fire was set, the fire marshal’s office said.
All charges were forwarded to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services with a request for formal court action.
United Communities Volunteer Fire Department battles a fire in the foyer of a house on Oregon Road on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Two juveniles have been charged in connection with the fire.
CLAYTON G. WASHINGTON JR.