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Annapolis teenager charged with arson in hospital fire

Anne Arundel Medical Center

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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