Neighborly dispute ends in house fire and arson charges

CHARLES COUNTY, Md.  - 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 on the 12000 block of 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 (10/16/1958) of 12095 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.

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

NANJEMOY, Md. - Nov. 3, around 11:00 a.m., crews responded to the 12000 block of Woodbury Road in Nanjemoy for the report of a fully involved house fire.

Reports from emergency responders indicate that the fire may be connected to a neighborly dispute involving a possible breaking and entering and gunshots reported in the area two hours earlier. has reached out to the Charles County Sheriff's Office for more information. An investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal is pending.

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