STEVENSVILLE, Md.- A student is facing arson and related charges for allegedly setting fire to a Kent Island High School bathroom on Wednesday.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the fire occurred in the first floor boy's bathroom at approximately 2:08 p.m. on Sept. 26. The Kent Island Volunteer Fire Company responded with nearly 25 personnel and was able to get the blaze under control within five minutes.
Police said an investigation into the incident determined the activation of the fire sprinkler contained the flames to the bathroom and limited damages to approximately $5,000.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer and Kent Island School administrators launched an investigation to reveal the responsible student.
Authorities said that a 16-year-old male student confessed to igniting paper towels inside of the bathroom. The fire caused the entire school to be evacuated.
The student was charged with first- and second-degree arson, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property, disturbing the peace and disrupting school activities. He was released to the custody of his mother pending action by the Department of Juvenile Services.
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