State Fire Marshal Investigations

CALIFORNIA, Md. (November 10, 2010)—The office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal recently investigated the following incidents in southern Maryland.

The Calvert Treatment Center, located at 125 Fairground Road, Prince Frederick, Calvert County, suffered an accidental fire in the girl's recreation room on November 10 just before 10:00 a.m. The fire occurred as the result of improperly discarded smoking materials. There were no injuries, however, all residents had to be relocated to temporary living quarters.

The girls recreation room is located on the second floor of the two story building. Damages are estimated at $15,000 for the structure and $5,000 for contents.

Nine firefighters from the Prince Frederick VFD brought the fire under control within five minutes.

The facility is owned and operated by Ms. Carol Porto. The center has 38 residents along with 10 counselors.

Deputy Fire Marshal Don Brenneman investigated.


A 15-year-old male juvenile was charged with 2nd Degree Malicious Burning of Personal Property on November 9. The teen allegedly set a pair of tennis shoes on fire in the front yard of the residence, located on Mirkwood Lane in Waldorf, after an altercation.

The teen was referred to the Dept. of Juvenile Services.

Four firefighters from Bryans Road VFD responded.

Deputy Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch investigated.


An electrical malfunction in the wiring of a ceiling light fixture caused a fire in the second floor master bedroom of a residence located on Taylor Court in Waldorf on November 9 around 6:00 p.m. The residence is owned by Jonathan Hawk.

Damages are estimated at $70,000 for the structure and $30,000 for the contents.

Thirty firefighters from Waldorf VFD, La Plata VFD, Brandywine VFD, and Hughesville VFD brought the fire under control within 5 minutes.

Deputy Fire Marshal Caryn Moreland investigated.


Unknown suspect(s) ignited combustible materials on the front porch of a house located in the 3900 block of Second Street in North Beach, Calvert County. The suspect(s) also gained access to the interior of the house and caused extensive property destruction. The property is owned by Norma Robertson.

Damages are estimated at $15,000.

The fire was discovered by a passing motorist.

Six firefighters from North Beach VFD brought the fire under control within two minutes.

Deputy Fire Marshal John Nelson investigated.

Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office at 443-550-6833.

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