Boy, 16, charged in trash fire near Havre de Grace Activity Center

A teenager was charged Thursday with setting a trash can on fire outside of the Boys and Girls Club of Havre de Grace, fire investigators said.

The 16-year-old was charged with second-degree malicious burning and burning of a trash container, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said in a statement.

Four Susquehanna Hose Company firefighters responded to the 300 block of Lewis Lane for a commercial grade trash can fire outside of the Boys and Girls Club, according to the statement. The club is held within the Havre de Grace Activity Center.

The fire was extinguished at 7:01 p.m. Havre de Grace police officers were also called.

According to fire investigators, the male teenager set the fire after a verbal altercation with the gym supervisor. Witnesses saw the boy set the fire and called 911.

The estimated damage from the fire is nearly $400.

The teen was released to the custody of his parent, pending actions by the Harford County Department of Juvenile Services, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Oliver J. Alkire said the boy is a resident of Havre de Grace.

This article has been updated and reflects a correction that firefighters from the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace responded.

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