State Fire Marshal looking into New Year’s Day Bel Alton arson


Date:  1/1/18

Time:  1:06 p.m.

Location / Address:  9340 Crystal Lane, Bel Alton, Charles County, Maryland

Type of Incident:  Fire

Description of Structure / Property:  1 Story, Single Family Home

Owner / Occupants:  Brenda Maddox

Injuries or Deaths:  None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $  500.00      Contents: $ 1,000.00

Smoke Alarm Status:  None

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  None

Arrests(s):  None

Primary Responding Fire Department: Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Department

# of Alarms:  1   # Of Firefighters:  10

Time to Control:  0

Discovered By:  Occupant

Area of Origin:  Interior living area

Preliminary Cause:  Incendiary

Additional Information:  Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the secure residence and attempted to ignite a fire within the structure using an ignitable liquid.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6834.


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