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Five youths charged with arson in historic home fire

Frederick County authorities announced Monday that arson charges are pending against five juveniles accused of setting a fire Sunday that destroyed a home described as having historic value.

The home at 1215 Back Mountain Road near the intersection with South Hayfield Road was a "total loss" by the time firefighters had extinguished the majority of the blaze, according to a press release issued by Frederick County Fire Marshal Jay Bauserman.

The age of the building and its historic status prevented authorities from estimating the value of the property lost in the fire, he said.

Bauserman said the unoccupied house was built in 1810. Fire crews were called to the scene at 7:03 p.m. and took about 1½ hours to extinguish the majority of the blaze, he said. No injuries were reported.

Bauserman said the fire was intentionally set. He asked that anyone with additional information regarding the fire or who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area of Bowman Lane and South Hayfield Road between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to contact the fire marshal's office at 665-6350.

Fire and rescue crews from Frederick County, North Mountain, Gore, Gainesboro, Round Hill, Reynolds Store, Clear Brook, Hampshire, W.Va., and Winchester fought the fire.

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