Woman charged with ar­son

Re­port­edly set house on fire, $50,000 in es­ti­mated dam­ages

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A woman was ar­rested on Satur­day af­ter she was al­leged to have in­ten­tion­ally set a fire which en­gulfed a Hugh­esville house on Fri­day, court records in­di­cate.

Charged with first-de­gree ar­son, Cher­miah Laque­eke Brown, 20, of Hugh­esville re­port­edly started the fire af­ter a con­fronta­tion with her ex-boyfriend and his new girl­friend, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate.

Around 9:23 p.m. on Fri­day, 47 fire­fight­ers from the Hugh­esville Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment and sur­round­ing de­part­ments re­sponded to a one-alarm fire at a home lo­cated in the 6400 block of Patux­ent Woods Lane, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal. Af­ter bat­tling the flames for about 10 min­utes, the fire was brought un­der con­trol. Au­thor­i­ties es­ti­mated the to­tal dam­ages to be $50,000.

Fire mar­shals re­sponded to the scene and be­gan their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which re­vealed there were two points of ori­gin within the

house: in the liv­ing room and the kitchen area, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. A po­lice K9 also de­tected the pres­ence of an ac­cel­er­ant in the kitchen area, and mul­ti­ple wit­nesses told au­thor­i­ties that Brown was alone in the house at the time of the fire.

Brown re­mains in cus­tody af­ter her bond was set at $50,000 on Mon­day, per court records. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing date has been sched­uled for Oct. 21.

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