Inmate Causes Malicious Destruction of Fire Sprinkler System

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (May 28, 2010) – Deputy State fire Marshal’s are charging a 37-year-old inmate at the Charles County Detention Center with destruction of a fire sprinkler head and activation of the fire alarm system.

The incident occurred at 11:00 a.m. on May 26, 2010 in cell block ‘D’ of the detention center. Investigators and corrections officers determined an inmate; Donald Gene Failinger had damaged the sprinkler head which caused flooding to occur in the ‘D’ cell block and activated the fire alarm system. The activation of the fire alarm system and subsequent clean-up caused a two hour lock down of the facility and approximately three hundred dollars in damages.

Failinger is being charged with causing a False Alarm and Malicious Destruction of Property. If convicted of these charges Failinger could face penalties not to exceed five years and two months additional imprisonment and/or $5,500 in fines.

Source: Office of Maryland State Fire Marshal

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