An Annapolis teenager is facing arson charges stemming from the weekend fire that investigators say was deliberately set in Anne Arundel Medical Center, county fire officials said Wednesday.

The 17-year-old was charged as a juvenile Tuesday night with first-degree arson, second-degree malicious burning and two related counts, Division Chief Michael E. Cox said in a statement. A hearing is being scheduled for next month.

Officials said they responded Saturday to the hospital's Health Sciences Building, where they extinguished a small fire in an elevator, and determined that the fire was intentionally set. Investigators had sought the public's help to identify a person seen on surveillance footage, and after questioning the youth, filed charges, Cox said. The name of the youth was not released because he is under 18 years old.

Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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