Image courtesy of the Office of the State Fire Marshal

Fire Marshal investigating potential arson in White Plains

By: David M. Higgins II

La Plata, MD- On Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 12:58 a.m., the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire on Rhodes Way in White Plains, MD.

Upon arrival with fifteen personnel, they discovered a small fire on the exterior of a 1-story single-family dwelling. The fire was controlled in five minutes.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate. The Marshal’s report lists the damage as $1,500.00. It also states that” an unknown subject ignited the exterior of the residence.”

There were no injuries as a result of the fire.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6834.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.