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Juvenile charged with arson in connection with fire at Riverview Elementary

A juvenile has been charged with arson in connection with a fire that damaged two classrooms at Riverview Elementary School on Saturday, according to Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Paul Massarelli.

At 12:15 p.m. firefighters received a call that 15 windows had been broken in the rear of the school, located in the 3200 block of Kessler Road, and that blinds were on fire, Massarelli said.

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Massarelli said the small fire was contained at 12:32 p.m. by fire personnel.

"From what I understand, there was some vandalism, broken glass and water damage to at least one classroom," said Mychael Dickerson, a spokesman for Baltimore County Public Schools.

A sprinkler system that activated when the fire was set, caused flooding in the rooms, Dickerson said.

"One classroom has been cleaned up and there is one classroom that needs more work, and that class is going to be moved," Dickerson said of the rooms located in the kindergarten and first grade hallway at the school.

Dickerson said he could not provide an estimate of the damages.

The fire department couldn't release the cause of the fire due to a pending investigation, Massarelli said.

The juvenile's identity has been withheld because they are a minor, he said.

Massarelli said the damaged classrooms will be open on Tuesday, Feb. 17, when county public schools reopen after the President's Day holiday on Monday.

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