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A youth spotted leaving a burning house was charged early today with arson, police said.

Officers Karen Czekalski and Kate McKeating of the Northeast District arrested Mustafah H. Askia, 17, of 235 Northland Ave. shortly before 3 a.m.

He is accused of pouring gasoline in two closets on the first and second floors of a vacant house at 204 E. Utica St. and starting fires. Damage was listed at $10,000.

The youth was charged with arson, burglary and criminal mischief.

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