Four face charges in blaze that de­stroyed farm house

Sunday Star - - LOCAL -

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JAMIE MCNEAL, EVFD

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..

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