Boy, 15, is charged with arson in fire at Balto. Co. apartments

February 26, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 15-year-old Baltimore County boy has been charged with arson in the Feb. 13 fire at an apartment complex in White 9Marsh that forced 24 families from their homes and caused extensive damage, police said yesterday.

The suspect, a juvenile, was being held at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in Cub Hill, said Officer Shawn Vinson, Baltimore County police spokesman.

The three-alarm fire damaged two adjoining three-story apartment buildings at the Quail Ridge Apartments in the 4800 block of Berry Hill Circle. Two trash bins were also set on fire that day, police said.

The fires caused an estimated $900,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.

Detectives received information that identified the boy as one of the people responsible for setting the trash-bin fires. He was questioned and admitted Feb. 18 that he was involved in all of the fires, police said.

A 14-year-old girl was also charged this week with helping set fire to one of the trash containers, Vinson said. Because both are juveniles, authorities are withholding their names.

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