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2 boys charged with setting fire that destroyed home on late novelist Clancy's estate

HUNTINGTOWN, Md. - Authorities say two boys have been charged with setting a fire that destroyed an unoccupied house on the Maryland estate of the late novelist Tom Clancy.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal said in a statement on Friday that the two-story, wood-frame house in Huntingtown was burned on Aug. 22. Officials say a passer-by saw the fire and called 911.

No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $149,000.

The fire marshal says an investigation led them to two youths, ages 12 and 14. Authorities say the boys ignited combustible materials in the living room before leaving the property.

They are charged with arson and have been released to their parents.

Clancy is the author of such military thrillers as "The Hunt for Red October." He died last year.

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