CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (May 28, 2010) Deputy State fire Marshals 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