Boy set fires on school bus, officials say

October 24, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Charges are pending against a 14-year-old Westminster boy accused of lighting fires on a school bus several times in the last two weeks, investigators with the state fire marshal's office said yesterday.

A bus driver assigned to a Winters Mill High School route noticed burn marks on some of his vehicle's seats on two occasions this month and reported the damage to school administrators, who began interviewing students, said Allen Gosnell, a deputy chief state fire marshal.

School officials turned over their investigation yesterday to the fire marshal's office, where investigators estimated the fires caused about $60 worth of damage. Gosnell would not say how the fires were started.

The boy faces charges as a juvenile of malicious destruction of property and reckless endangerment, he said. No one was injured in the incidents.

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