From the Office of the State Fire Marshal:
Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded their investigation into the cause for a fire in a first floor boy’s bathroom at Aberdeen High School located at 251 Paradise Road in Aberdeen, Maryland.
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 PM 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 sixteen (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 1st and 2nd Degree Arson, 1st and 2nd Degree Malicious Burning, Reckless Endangerment, Malicious Destruction of Property over $500, Reckless Endangerment and Disrupting School Operations. He was released to the custody of his father pending actions by the Department of Juvenile Services.