Four face charges in blaze that destroyed farm house
EASTON — Four people are being charged in connection with a Thursday, Sept. 7, fire at 29434 Dutchmans Lane that destroyed an old farm house.
Two adults and two juveniles are being charged following the investigation by the Mar yland State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Easton Police Department and the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office.
The fire marshal’s office identified the two adults as Jacob Barklow and James Nabb, both 19.
According to the fire marshal’s office, Barklow, Nabb and a juvenile broke into the vacant home and once inside, allegedly began destroying the property by breaking windows and setting a fire inside.
Local volunteer fire departments sent more than 40 firefighters to the scene for more than an hour and a half to extinguish the flames. There was about $400,000 in damages to the vacant, two-story, single-family dwelling, according to the fire marshal’s office.
Barklow and Nabb were served with arrest warrants and transported to the Talbot County Detention Center, where Barklow was held without bond and Nabb posted his $3,000 bond and was released, according to the fire marshal’s office.
Barklow is charged with firstdegree arson, home invasion, firstdegree malicious burning, third- and fourth-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property more than $1,000. If convicted, Barklow faces up to 76 years of prison and/or $57,500 in fines, plus and restitution, according to the fire marshal’s office.
Nabb is charged with third- and fourth-degree burglary. If convicted, Nabb faces up to 13 years of prison, according to the fire marshal’s office.
One juvenile is charged with thirdand fourth-degree burglary, and another juvenile is charged with trespassing. Both juveniles were released to their parents without incident, according to the fire marshal’s office.
The Easton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire off Dutchman’s Lane, and it took 40 firefighters about an hour and a half to control the blaze..