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BY KEITH EPPS

THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Two juveniles are facing possible felony charges after they were caught on camera setting a fire at a Fredericksburg business, police said.

The incident took place about 2 a.m. Friday at the Library Services Distribution Center at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

Employees arriving at work about 9 that morning found charred debris and evidence that a fire had been purposely set.

Footage from a surveillance camera at the business confirmed those suspicions and showed the two males. One of them was looking directly into the camera at one point.

The business is a book depository for the regional library system. Bledsoe said about $200 worth of damage was done, mostly smoke damage to the underside of the loading dock and the side of the building.

But Bledsoe added that because the building houses so many books, the potential for considerably more damage was “significant.”

Setting a fire at an unoccupied building is a Class 4 felony, police said.

Police had identified both juveniles by Tuesday afternoon. They were referred to juvenile intake authorities for possible charges.

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Keith Epps:

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kepps@freelancestar.com

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