Two fires in Charles County, one determined as arson

Firefighters were kept busy April 17 into April 18 with two fires in Charles County within hours of each other.

The first blaze was a at home in Nanjemoy at 6:34 p.m. when volunteer firefighters from Nanjemoy and Bel Alton were dispatched to the house at 7870 Anna Place, Nanjemoy, the home of Antwon Washington and Maria Coleman.

Maryland State Deputy Fire Marshal Melissa Bean determined the fire was accidental and started underneath the residence as a result of electrical wiring igniting insulation under the structure.

Four people were inside the residence at the time of the fire. All escaped without injury.

It took 13 firefighters from Bel Alton and Nanjemoy two minutes to extinguish the blaze.

The residence received minor damage and the family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The second fire, dispatched at 12:33 a.m. April 18, was more troubling.

A 20 by 20 foot shed containing a 1977 race car and a 1991 Nissan Passport was determined to be arson. The structure, located at 8025 Annapolis Woods Road in Welcome, contained the property of Jerome Adams, who discovered the blaze.

Deputy Fire Marshal Melissa Bean determined the incendiary fire was caused by unknown suspect(s) setting fire to combustible material within the area of the shed.

The losses were estimated at $10,000 for the structure and $15,000 for the contents.

Witnesses or anyone with information about this fire is asked to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, Southern Region, at 410-550-6820.

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