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Woman Charged With Arson After Prince George's County Apartment Fire

OXON HILL, Md. - On January 1, 2021, at approximately 8:29 pm, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS units were dispatched for a building fire with a report of people possibly trapped in the 2100 block of Alice Avenue in Oxon Hill. Upon arrival, crews found a three-story garden style apartment building with a well-advanced fire showing from the first floor. The fire quickly extended up to the building roof and into an adjacent apartment building. A 2nd and 3rd alarm were sounded. Mutual aid units from Alexandria Fire Department, Arlington County Fire Department, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and the Naval District of Washington Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched. In total, there were 110 firefighters operating on-scene.

Initial reports indicated building occupants were trapped by the fire, but all searches were negative, and at this point in the investigation, it appears residents self-evacuated.

Crews extinguished the fire and there were no injuries or transports from the scene.
Approximately sixty-five residents from the affected buildings were displaced and are being assisted by the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region.
During the course of fire operations, Prince George’s County Police identified and detained an adult female subject on the suspicion of arson.

Fire investigators with our Office of the Fire Marshal later questioned the suspect who admitted to starting the fire.

Quiana Taliaferro of the 2100 block of Alice Ave in Oxon Hill was arrested and charged with felony First Degree Arson and misdemeanor Reckless Endangerment. First Degree Arson carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Reckless Endangerment carries the possibility of 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. 

The Office of the Fire Marshal’s investigation determined the origin of the fire was a bedroom inside Taliaferro’s apartment and the cause of the fire was Incendiary. The damage estimate is set at $2,000,000.

Video courtesy of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS

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