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VIDEO: Teens arrested for arson at Marion juvenile facility

Two teenagers being held at a Juvenile Detention Center in Marion County are facing arson charges after they intentionally started a fire in the building.

On Monday, May 13, at around 12:30 a.m., Ocala Police Department officers responded to the Juvenile Detention Center located at 3040 NW 10th Street in Ocala in reference to two teens who had escaped from their cells and started a fire in the kitchen, according to OPD.

The police department stated that a 15-year-old boy used a key to unlock his cell and then opened a 16-year-old boy’s cell.

After leaving their cells, both teens headed to the facility’s kitchen. They were then captured on video surveillance footage as they started a small fire on the gas stove.

Detention deputies rushed over to the stove and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread any further.

“Although the building was occupied at the time, we are fortunate that the fire was contained to the stove area,” stated OPD in a social media post.

There were no injuries reported.

Both teens were placed under arrest for arson, which is a felony charge. They were then released back to the Juvenile Detention Center.