Man charged with arson
CENTREVILLE — A Centreville man was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 7, in connection with a Monday morning fire here.
John Henry Gant III, 32, of Centreville, was charged with arson in a one-alarm, blaze that damaged the two-story, single family residence at 204 Tilghman Ave, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The investigation determined fires were set in the basement, an inside room and outside the home, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Matt Stevens.
“We set up a meeting to talk to him and then throughout the investigation we developed enough probable cause to do an on-view arrest,” Stevens said. Stevens said Gant was cooperative during the process.
The 7 a.m. blaze caused more than $15,000 in damages, the report stated, and took the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company 20 minutes to control.
Gant was arrested in Easton. The fire marshal’s office alleged Gant set the fires because of an argument he had with his girlfriend who had previously resided at the residence with him. The home was owned by the girlfriend’s father, Stevens said.
The home was not occupied at the time of the fire, which was reported by a neighbor, the report said.
Gant was charged with first-degree arson, two counts of first-degree malicious burning, second-degree malicious burning and arson threat.
Gant is being held in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center without bond. He could face a maximum penalty of more than 51 years in prison and up to $70,500 in fines if found guilty of all charges, the report stated.
JOHN HENRY GANT III