16-year-old charged with arson in Laurel

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A teenage boy has been charged with arson and other offenses after a fire at a vacant house in Laurel this past weekend.

According to Prince George's County Fire/EMS officials, a 16-year-old boy was charged with the house fire that occurred Saturday night in the 13700 block of Engleman Drive in Laurel. Fire was showing from the garage of the two-story house when firefighters arrived. They were able to put out the fire shortly after they arrived at the scene, according to fire officials.

Fire Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be "incendiary." On Monday, personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshall charged a 16-year-old boy with 1st Degree Arson, 2nd Degree Arson, Reckless Endangerment and Trespassing.

Fire officials say if he is found guilty, "these charges potentially carry a maximum penalty in the juvenile court system that could keep this individual in a juvenile facility until his 21st birthday."


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