Boy, 8, charged with setting Aberdeen playground fire

An eight-year-old boy has been charged with setting a fire in North Deen Park in Aberdeen, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Fire officials said the boy intentionally ignited combustibles underneath playground equipment in North Deen Park at 300 Center Deen Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Investigators quickly developed a suspect after Aberdeen Police Department received a tip from a concerned citizen. The fire that was reported at 4:48 p.m. was quickly put out by Aberdeen Fire Department firefighters

Investigators said the boy ignited paper and mulch underneath playground equipment. The city-owned playground equipment suffered only minor damage, estimated at $500. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The boy was charged with second degree malicious burning and was released to his mother, pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services, the fire marshal's office reported.

Five firefighters put the fire out in 10 minutes, according to the Fire Marshal's Office's notice of investigation..

The roller skating rink at the playground is being renovated by the Hazard County Hellions, a new Harford County-based roller derby team set to begin jamming next month.

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