Nanjemoy man charged with Arson in weekend fire

CHARLES COUNTY, MD (November 5, 2018)  – A Deputy State Fire Marshal has arrested a Nanjemoy man who intentionally set fire to a one story single family dwelling in Nanjemoy.  The residence is owned by Stephen Stone.  

On November 3, 2018, at approximately 10:26 am, approximately 35 firefighters from Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments, responded to a one alarm fire located at XXXX Woodbury Road that caused approximately $200,000 in total damages.  It took firefighters approximately 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.  No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.  No one was home when the fire occurred and therefore, it is not known if smoke alarms activated.

As a result of the investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, it was determined that the origin of the fire was at the side entrance to the home and the cause was incendiary.  It was also determined that Stephan Anthony Mayr, age 60; of XXXXX Woodbury Road, Nanjemoy intentionally set the fire.  Mr. Mayr was charged with Arson 1st and 2nd Degree, 1st Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Malicious Burning, Theft less than $100 and two counts of Trespassing. 

He was transported to the Charles County Detention Center by Charles County Sheriff’s Office after being charged by them for Resisting/Interfere with Arrest, Obstructing Fire Marshal Investigation and Trespassing on Private Property.   The Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad and the Prince George’s County Bomb Squad also assisted with this investigation.

Stephan Anthony Mayr

           He is currently being held without bond until his hearing on November 5, 2018 at 8:45 a.m .

UPDATE 11:08 a.m.- Units are reporting the home is burned to the ground. The Sheriff’s Department is reporting that there are no occupants in the residence, and the owner is coming from their home.

No further information will be released until reported by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and/or The Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Nanjemoy, MD-  Charles County Fire, Rescue, and Sheriff’s are on the scene of a fully engulfed single family house fire on Woodbury Road( Exact address withheld).

Units are reporting the house is fully engulfed. Reports suggest the house may be booby trapped. Gunshots were reportedly heard at or near the residence around 8 a.m.

The State Fire Marshal has been called in. SMECO has also been called in for downed wires.

Stay with the Southern Maryland Chronicle for this developing story.

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