STATE: Three kids charged in playground burning

Cumberland, MD  - The Western Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal has filed charges in connection with the burning of a community playground in Cumberland that resulted in approximately $12,000 in damages.

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Three juveniles, ages 14 and under, were referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for Malicious Burning in the First Degree, after setting fire to a playground on 202 Memorial Avenue, property of the Cumberland City Housing Authority. The Cumberland Fire Department reported to the call on Friday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m., when a nearby resident witnessed the flames and attempted to extinguish it themselves. Video surveillance footage later revealed the juveniles utilizing lighters and paper to ignite the rubber footing around the playground.

All three juveniles were unharmed during the event and are currently in the custody of their parents and/or guardians.

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