Arrest made in Aberdeen High School fire

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ABERDEEN - Deputy State Fire Marshals in Harford County have concluded their investigation into the cause of a fire in a first floor boys' bathroom at Aberdeen High School on Tuesday.

Investigators from the Office of the Office of State Fire Marshal were assisted by the School Resource Officer from the Aberdeen Police Department and Aberdeen High School administrators with revealing the responsible student for the 1:04 p.m. ET blaze.

Twenty-five firefighters with Aberdeen, Susquehanna and Aberdeen Proving Ground responded to the scene and controlled the remaining fire within five minutes. It was determined the fire sprinkler activated and contained the blaze to the bathroom but significant water damage occurred to nearby classrooms and computer labs causing approximately $10,000.00 in clean-up and damages.

A 16-year-old male confessed to igniting a paper towel dispenser inside the bathroom causing the entire school of approximately 1,400 students to be evacuated. No injuries were reported during the incident and students were dismissed at the normal conclusion time of the day. He was charged with first- and second-degree arson, first- and second-degree malicious burning, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property over $500, reckless endangerment and disrupting school operations.

The teen was released to the custody of his father pending actions by the Department of Juvenile Services.

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