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Boys face arson charges after fiery stunt at mall

Two teenage boys face arson charges after attempting a fiery stunt on the roof of a shopping mall.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the youths planned for the older boy, 16, to be doused in lighter fluid and set on fire, while the other, 15, captured the stunt on videotape.

When the fire was lit, the 16-year-old panicked, scorching his hands as he removed burning clothing, said Mary Justino, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday, about an hour after the Orange Park Mall closed. One youth was apprehended by security guards and the other was found hiding on the roof.

The burning clothing caused minor damage and was put out by a security guard, Justino said.

The 15-year-old youth was taken to the Duval County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of arson, arson with injury, and burglary of an occupied building.

The 16-year-old was treated at Orange Park Medical Center and released to his parents. He will face similar charges.

The names of the youths were not released because of their ages.

A video camera was being held as evidence, and authorities withheld the videotape.

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