Charlotte fire investigators on Wednesday arrested 16-year-old Jason Scott Chappell and charged him with starting a fire at a construction site earlier this week.

Police said the fire damaged or destroyed several pieces of heavy equipment and a refueling tank. Total damage was estimated at $250,000.

The equipment, in the 1000 block of Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, included a 2,000-gallon fuel tanker, two Caterpillar bulldozers and a Caterpillar backhoe. The tanker and one of the bulldozers were destroyed, police said.

The fire also caused a fuel spill that required soil and water cleanup.

The construction site is the location of River Oaks Academy, a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary school.

Chappell was in the Mecklenburg County jail under a $150,000 bond.

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