CRIME

16-year-old could face lock-up for setting fire to vacant Laurel home

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LAUREL, Md. (WJLA) - A 16-year-old Prince George's County boy could spend years in lock-up for setting fire to a vacant home in Laurel.

Prince George's County fire marshal officials responded Saturday night to the 13700 block of Engleman Drive in Laurel, Md. for a reported house fire.

Fire/EMS units arrived shortly after and were able to extinguish the fire to the vacant, two-story, single-family home, which had fire showing from the attached garage.

An investigation led authorities to charge a 16-year-old boy with first-degree arson, second-degree arson, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

The office of the fire marshal said depending on sentencing, the boy could end up incarcerated for several years.

"If 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," fire officials said.

 

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