Two young boys were charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire that destroyed an unoccupied home on the Calvert County estate of the late novelist Tom Clancy.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal said Friday that the boys, who are 12 and 14 and from the Dares Beach community in Calvert County, confessed to igniting combustibles in the living room of the two-story, unoccupied wood frame house on the evening of Aug. 22. The fire was reported by a person passing by and was brought under control within 15 minutes of the arrival of firefighters, but the house was destroyed.
Damages were valued at $149,000, fire officials said. No one was injured.
Clancy, a native of Baltimore known for his best-selling, military themed novels and the video games that were inspired by his books, died in October 2013. According to the Washington Post, his 80-acre estate was formerly a summer camp and included a football field, tennis and basketball courts, and a $2 million stone mansion with 24 rooms, an indoor pool and an underground gun range.
The boys were not identified because they were charged as juveniles and were released to their parents pending court action.