Teens Charged with Torching Dugout at Maine School

The two teens, 15 and 13, were issued summonses for the dugout fire following an investigation.


June 16--THOMASTON, Maine -- Two teenagers were issued summonses Sunday night for a fire that destroyed a high school dugout earlier in the day.

A 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, both from the Thomaston area, were issued summonses for arson, according to Sgt. Joel Davis of the Maine Fire Marshal's Office. They were turned over to their parents and will be processed through the juvenile justice system, Davis said Monday.

He declined to release the reason the two boys set the fire.

The two youths were charged following an investigation by investigators Mary McMaster and Kenneth McMaster from the fire marshal's office, Davis said.

The fire was reported shortly before 5 p.m. and crews were at the scene three minutes later, Assistant Thomaston Fire Chief Jamie Leo said. The structure was engulfed by flames when the first crew arrived.

The 21-foot-long, 6-foot-wide structure was the home dugout at the softball field on the grounds of Oceanside High School West in Thomaston. The dugout was not next to the school, he said. There is a soccer field and track located between the school and the softball field.

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