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Teen charged with arson in historic school house fire in Caroline County

Fire caused $105,000 worth of damage
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Posted at 11:59 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 11:59:04-04

A 17-year-old Denton teen confessed to starting a fire that caused $105,000 worth of damage to a historic school house in Caroline County, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said in a statement released Thursday.

About 40 firefighters from the Denton Volunteer Company responded to the 400 block of Lincoln Street at 10:11 p.m. on April 16 , where a passerby called 911 after seeing a fire at the historic school house. The blaze was extinguished in less than an hour, the fire marshal’s statement said. No one was injured. The building is owned by Prince Hall Grand Lodge Masons.

Fire marshals obtained a confession from the teen and determined he lived near the school house. He was charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, first-degree malicious burning, and malicious destruction of property. The Carolina County State’s Attorney’s Office has been notified of the charges.

The teen was later released to his grandmother.