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Official - City fire was set intentionally

September 17, 2005

A Sept. 2 fire in a building that housed Hagerstown Reproductive Health Services and apartments has been ruled intentionally set and juvenile charges against two 13-year-old boys have been filed, Richard Miller, City of Hagerstown assistant fire marshal, said in a news release.

The boys allegedly admitted their involvement in setting the fire, but said it had no connection to Hagerstown Reproductive Health Services, Miller said.

The boys were charged with first- and second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and several burglary charges, according to the release.

They allegedly were caught on surveillance cameras entering and exiting the building, according to the release.

Due to the use of the building, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Homeland Security were called to assist, Miller said.

The fire, which was reported about 9:40 a.m. at 160 W. Washington St., was concentrated in a basement storage room used by building tenants, Miller said in the release.

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Damage to the building is estimated at about $50,000, the release said.

The fire extended into the walls of the three-story building, which "hampered firefighters in extinguishing the fire," according to the release.

No one was injured, but a family pet did die, Miller said in the release.

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