Two youths arrested after fire in utility building near Dublin School

Two juveniles were arrested and are being charged in connection with a fire intentionally set Friday afternoon in a utility building used to store athletic equipment behind Dublin Elementary School in Street, fire investigators said.

The juveniles, ages 12 and 15, were identified by a team of investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office, the agency said in a news release

The 1:08 p.m. incident occurred at 1527 Whiteford Road in Street and caused significant damage to the 15 by 40-foot one story brick building, according to fire investigators.

The structure, which is on the athletic fields behind the elementary school and is owned by the Harford County Parks and Recreation Department, is used as an athletic equipment storage facility for local youth teams, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

Twenty-five firefighters responded to the one-alarm fire from volunteer fire companies in Darlington, Bel Air and Whiteford. There were no injuries reported and the fire was under control within less than 20 minutes.

Damage to the building and its contents are estimated to exceed $35,000, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

Investigators determined that the youths broke out a glass block window then set fire to combustibles, the Fire Marshal's Office said They then threw the burning items into the window where it spread to the athletic equipment.

The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents and will be referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for further action. They both will be charged with second degree arson, first degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property, according to the Fire Marshal's Office.

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