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Teen charged with arson after taking selfie

Posted: 3:46 PM, Jan 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-13 17:36:04-05
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says a 15-year-old Hagerstown boy faces arson charges after he used a cellphone to record video of himself setting fire to his bedroom.
 
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that the boy told investigators he poured rubbing alcohol onto his dresser, set it on fire and then swiped the flaming liquid onto his bed.
 
 
Investigators say he then ran from the house, dropping his cellphone in the process.
 
The agency says nobody was hurt but the fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.
 
The boy was charged as a juvenile with first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property.   
 

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