Two ju­ve­niles charged in 2016 ar­son

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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.

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