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    Local Fire Investigations

    Date: 9-7-17

    Time: 12:51 pm

    Location / Address: 18082 Cherryfield Road, Drayden, St. Mary's County

    Type of Incident: Vehicle Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: 1989 Chevrolet Astro Van

    Owner / Occupants: Charles Moore- owner of the van

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $3,000 Contents: $500

    Smoke Alarm Status:N/A

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

    Arrests(s): N/A

    Primary Responding Fire Department: 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 5

    Time to Control: 10 Minutes

    Discovered By: Nearby residents

    Area of Origin: Interior- dashboard/ engine compartment access

    Preliminary Cause: Accidental- electrical malfunction

    Additional Information: The vehicle was at the above address to have work performed on it. A neighbor heard the horn to the vehicle going off periodically throughout the morning hours. An occupant of the property noticed the fire shortly before 1:00 P.M. The fire was determined to have been attributed to an electrical event in the vehicle's dashboard.

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    Date: 9-6-17

    Time: 10:00 am

    Location / Address: At the end of Mattawoman Creek Road, Indian Head, Charles County, Md

    Type of Incident: Vehicle Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: Chevrolet Crew Car truck (unknown year)

    Owner / Occupants: Unknown at this time

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $2,5000 Contents: $

    Smoke Alarm Status: N/A

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Marbury VFD

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 4

    Time to Control: Burned out upon arrival

    Discovered By: Neighbor

    Area of Origin: Interior of the truck

    Preliminary Cause: Arson, incendiary

    Additional Information: The fire occurred sometime in the early morning hours of August 6, 2017. The vehicle was found already burned and abandoned at the end of the road and the fire was found to have been intentionally set. The owner had not been determined at the time of this release. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office Southern Region at 443-550-6833.

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    Date: 9/4/17

    Time: 9:41 pm

    Location / Address: 30090 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, Md 20622

    Type of Incident: Commercial Building Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: Single story commercial building

    Owner / Occupants: Steak in a Sack Restaurant

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $75,000 Contents: $25,000

    Smoke Alarm Status: Present and activated

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: None

    Arrests(s): N/A

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Mechanicsville VFD

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 35

    Time to Control: 25 minutes

    Discovered By: Passerby

    Area of Origin: Kitchen cooking, under the counter

    Preliminary Cause: Spontaneous combustion from oily rags placed in a container

    Additional Information: The business closed at 3pm and employees left without issue. A passerby observed smoke and fire inside the front windows and called 911. No injuries were reported and the fire was contained in the tenant space was not before significant damage was done.

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    Date: 8-31-17

    Time: 9:02 a.m.

    Location / Address: 7610 Oliver Shop Rd., La Plata, Charles County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: Detached wood framed shed

    Owner / Occupants: Richard Andrews

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 15,000.00 Contents: $ 0

    Smoke Alarm Status: None

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: None

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 35

    Time to Control: 35 minutes

    Discovered By: Neighbor

    Area of Origin: Interior of Shed

    Preliminary Cause: Accidental

    Additional Information: The fire occurred in the interior of the shed as a result of a malfunction of a gas powered log splitter. An adjacent storage shed also sustained minor exterior fire damage.

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