Fire Investigations: 2 House Fires; Vehicle Arson - Southern Maryland Headline News

Fire Investigations: 2 House Fires; Vehicle Arson



House Fire in Hollywood on Sat. Feb. 27

Date: 2/27/16
Time: 5:35 p.m.
Location: 42512 Clover Hill Rd., Hollywood, St. Mary's County, Md.
Type of Incident: Fire
Description of Structure / Property: Two-story, single family home
Owner / Occupants: Kevin & Charlene Cusic
Injuries or Deaths: No injuries reported
Estimated $ Loss Structure: $75,000.00
Estimated $ Loss Structure: Contents: $25,000.00
Smoke Alarm Status: None
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A
Arrests(s): N/A
Responding State Fire Marshal(s): DFM M. Decker
Primary Responding Fire Department: Hollywood VFD
# of Alarms: 1
# of Firefighters: 30
Time to Control: 10 minutes
Discovered By: Neighbor
Area of Origin: Attic
Preliminary Cause: Accidental
Assisting Agencies: None
Additional Information: The accidental fire was the result of an electrical malfunction within the attic. The house was under renovation and unoccupied at the time of the incident.

Automobile Arson in Pomfret on Sunday, Feb. 28

Date: 2/28/16
Time: 12:59 p.m.
Location: 4250 Middletown Road, Pomfret, Charles County, MD
Type of Incident: Vehicle Fire
Description of Structure / Property: 2007 Mercedes-Benz S600
Owner / Occupants: Gregory Dudley
Injuries or Deaths: None
Estimated $ Loss Structure: $5,000.00
Estimated $ Loss Contents: $0.0
Smoke Alarm Status: N/A
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A
Arrests(s): None
Responding State Fire Marshal(s): DFM M. Decker
Primary Responding Fire Department: No response
# of Alarms: 0;
# Of Firefighters: 0
Time to Control: 0 minutes
Discovered By: Passer-By
Area of Origin: Interior of vehicle
Preliminary Cause: Incendiary
Assisting Agencies: Charles County Sheriff's Office
Additional Information: The fire was the result of unknown suspect(s) intentionally setting fire to the interior of the vehicle. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6834.

House Fire in Port Tobacco on Thursday, Feb. 25

Date: 2/25/16
Time: 12:45 a.m.
Location: 8330 Chedworth Place, Port Tobacco, MD
Type of Incident: Fire
Description of Structure / Property: Two story, wood frame, single family house
Owner / Occupants: Roger and Delia Chalonec
Injuries or Deaths: None
Estimated $ Loss Structure: $ 150,000.00
Estimated $ Loss Structure Contents: $ 75,000.00
Smoke Alarm Status: Present and alerted the occupants to the fire
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A
Arrests(s): N/A
Primary Responding Fire Department: La Plata VFD
# of Alarms: 1
# Of Firefighters: 40
Time to Control: 10 minutes
Discovered By: Occupant
Area of Origin: Basement
Preliminary Cause: Electrical Malfunction
Assisting Agencies: None
Additional Information: The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental as a result of an electrical malfunction in the basement.

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