Three students at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda have been arrested in connection with an arson incident in which a flammable liquid was thrown through a school window, igniting a blaze, Montgomery County fire officials said.
Wyatt Dentel, 19, of Garrett Park, and two unidentified 17-year-olds from Montgomery County face multiple charges related to the fire and the burning of playground equipment at the White Flint Neighborhood Park in Garrett Park on March 20, fire officials said.
The fire broke out in a rear classroom shortly before midnight on Friday, fire officials said. A sprinkler system kept the blaze in check and firefighters were able to douse it.
Dentel is being charged with accessory to arson in the school fire and second degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property in the park burning.
The 17-year-olds are charged with second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property in the Whitman fire. They are charged with two counts each of second-degree arson, first -degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property in the park fire.
Dentel is being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, fire officials said. The juveniles’ detainment is yet-to-be determined.