The State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged two teenagers from Dover-Foxcroft with arson after a building near the town’s water tower was set ablaze. 

The fire was Saturday afternoon at the water district’s property on Reservoir Road, said Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.

McCausland said fire investigators arrested two 16-year-old boys and charged them with arson and burglary on Nov. 9.  Both were then released to the custody of their parents or guardians.

According to McCausland, the fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the cement block building which contained control and alarm panels, pumps, and tools owned by the water district.  The building was destroyed.  The Dover Fire and Police departments, along with the Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency and water district personnel responded to the scene to make sure there was no accidental discharge of water and there was no damage to the nearby water tower. The names of the teens are being withheld because of their age. Their first court day has not yet been set.