Teen charged with setting fire at Aberdeen High School

ABERDEEN, Md. - A 16-year-old boy is accused of setting a fire Tuesday afternoon at Aberdeen High School.

The Office of State Fire Marshal said the boy confessed to igniting a paper towel dispenser around 1 p.m. inside a school bathroom, which caused the evacuation of approximately 1,400 students. No injuries were reported during the incident.

In all, 25 firefighters with Aberdeen, Susquehanna and Aberdeen Proving Ground responded to the scene and controlled the remaining fire within five minutes. But, the school suffered about $10,000 in damages, mostly caused by water damage after the fire sprinkler system activated and damaged nearby classrooms and computer labs.

According to the State Fire Marshal, the boy was charged with first- and second-degree arson, first- and second-degree malicious burning, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property over $500, reckless endangerment and disrupting school operations. He was released to the custody of his father pending actions by the Department of Juvenile Services.

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