Two teen-agers seized, charged in arson fire

Blaze set in trash bin at school construction site

August 15, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two teen-agers were arrested early yesterday and charged with setting a fire at the western Howard County middle school under construction in the 13500 block of Triadelphia Road, West Friendship.

Edward L. Ernst Jr., the deputy state fire marshal, made the arrests after a passer-by saw two people fleeing the school at 12:17 a.m., officials said. The fire destroyed the trash container in which it was set, but the flames were quickly doused by firefighters from West Friendship. Damage was limited to no more than $500, according to Faron Taylor, a spokesman for the fire marshal's office.

Authorities said Kellen Tucker, 19, of the 4800 block of Bonnie Branch Road in Ellicott City was being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $25,000 bail on charges of arson and malicious destruction of property, and a 17-year-old was taken to the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center in Rockville.

Folly Quarter Middle School is to open in August 2003.

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