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    Local Fire Investigations

    Date: 10-21-17

    Time: 2:28 a.m.

    Location / Address: In the Area of Bumpy Oak Road and Livingston Road

    Bryans Road, Charles County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: 2008 Lexus

    Owner / Occupants: Damian VanZego

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 8,000.00 Contents: $

    Smoke Alarm Status: N/A

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 5

    Time to Control: 5 minutes

    Discovered By: Passer-By

    Area of Origin: Interior of Vehicle

    Preliminary Cause: Incendiary

    Additional Information: Unknown suspect(s) ignited the interior of the vehicle. The incident remains under investigation at this time. 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.
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    Date: 10-22-17

    Time: 10:07 a.m.

    Location / Address: 9011 Michael Way, Owings, Calvert County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: 2 Story Single Family Dwelling

    Owner / Occupants: Dennis Laurie and daughter - Kim Laurie

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 55,000.00 Contents: $ 5,000.00

    Smoke Alarm Status: Present / Operating

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: North Beach Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 50

    Time to Control: 30 minutes

    Discovered By: Kim Laurie

    Area of Origin: Exterior of Home - Front Porch

    Preliminary Cause: Accidental - Discarded Smoking Materials

    Additional Information: Ms. Laurie was in the garage at the time of the fire and first heard "popping" and "sizzling" noises. Upon inspection of the noises, she discovered the fire on the front porch. Prior to the fire, cigarette butts had been disposed of in a plastic container. The family is being assisted by friends and relatives.
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    Date: 10/10/17

    Time: 3:30 p.m.

    Location / Address: 10555 Old Sycamore Road, Charlotte Hall, St. Mary's County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: Mailbox

    Owner / Occupants: Lenore Windsor

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 20.00 Contents: $ 0

    Smoke Alarm Status: N/A

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: No Fire Department Response

    # of Alarms: # Of Firefighters:

    Time to Control:

    Discovered By: Homeowner

    Area of Origin: Interior of Mailbox

    Preliminary Cause: Incendiary

    Additional Information: During the evening of 10/9/17 the homeowner heard a loud bang. The next afternoon the homeowner noticed damage to the mailbox. It was determined that unknown suspect(s) placed an unspecified firework in the mailbox and ignited it. 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

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    Date: 10-4-17

    Time: 4:51 p.m.

    Location / Address: 5740 Durham Court, La Plata, Charles County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: 2 story single family home; 2016 Toyota Corolla

    Owner / Occupants: Owsners - Bruce and Mary Jean Kirk

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 30,000.00 Contents: $ 20,000.00

    Smoke Alarm Status: Unknown

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: None

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: La Plata Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 50

    Time to Control: 15 minutes

    Discovered By: Neighbor

    Area of Origin: Vehicle in garage.

    Preliminary Cause: Accidental

    Additional Information: The fire occurred inside of the attached garage. The family was displaced as a result of the fire and is being assisted by the American Red Cross.
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    7101 Industrial Drive, Owings, Calvert County, Maryland

    Date: 9-26-17

    Time: 4:51 a.m.

    Location / Address: 7101 Industrial Drive, Owings, Calvert County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: Commercial Auto Repair Facility

    Owner / Occupants: Occupant - Chesapeake Auto Repair

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 200,000.00 Contents: $ 150,000.00

    Smoke Alarm Status: Present

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: None

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 2 # Of Firefighters: 50

    Time to Control: 20 minutes

    Discovered By: Passing motorist

    Area of Origin: Exterior of building

    Preliminary Cause: Accidental - discarded smoking materials

    Additional Information: The fire was the result of discarded smoking materials in a flower pot in front of the building. The fire caused heavy damage to the exterior front of the building. The fire also extended to the interior, causing moderate damage to the building's contents. There was no one at the business at the time the fire was discovered.
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    36975 West Winston Drive, Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County, Maryland

    Date: 9/13/17

    Time: 9:58 a.m.

    Location / Address: 36975 West Winston Drive, Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: 1 story single family home

    Owner / Occupants: Owners - James and Jessica Breeden

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 10,000.00 Contents: $ 5,000.00

    Smoke Alarm Status: Present

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: None

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 25

    Time to Control: 5 minutes

    Discovered By: Owner

    Area of Origin: Bedroom

    Preliminary Cause: Accidental

    Additional Information: The fire occurred as the result of a malfunction within an electrical device, which was plugged in and left on the bed to charge. The family was displaced and will be assisted by family and friends.
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    2005 Dogwood Drive, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland

    Date: 10-23-17

    Time: 8:00 p.m.

    Location / Address: 2005 Dogwood Drive, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: Plastic Mailbox

    Owner / Occupants: Jerome Forney

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 40.00 Contents: $5.00

    Smoke Alarm Status: N/A

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: No Fire Department Response

    # of Alarms: 0 # Of Firefighters: 0

    Time to Control: 0

    Discovered By: Charles County Deputy Sheriff

    Area of Origin: Interior of mailbox

    Preliminary Cause: Incendiary

    Additional Information: Unknown suspect(s) ignited a paper coupon book inside the mailbox. A Charles County Deputy Sheriff was en route to an unrelated call in the neighborhood when he observed the mailbox on fire. The Deputy Sheriff used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6832.
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    Date: 10/25/17

    Time: 3:09 p.m.

    Location / Address: 2305 Springbrook Ct., Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: 2 Story single family home

    Owner / Occupants: Yuk Poon

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 100,000.00 Contents: $

    Smoke Alarm Status: Not present

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: None

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 40

    Time to Control: 15 minutes

    Discovered By: Neighbor

    Area of Origin: Garage

    Preliminary Cause: Under Investigation

    Additional Information: The fire began in the attached garage of the residence, which was under renovation. 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.
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    9830 Sodus Manor Place, Faulkner, Charles County, Maryland

    Date: 10-29-17

    Time: 1:30 p.m.

    Location / Address: 9830 Sodus Manor Place, Faulkner, Charles County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: 50 x 20 detached shed

    Owner / Occupants: Southern Maryland Youth Group Home - Kathy Fitzsimmons

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 3,000.00 Contents: $ 2,000.00

    Smoke Alarm Status: N/A

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 25

    Time to Control: 10 minutes

    Discovered By: Supervisor - Warren Cooper

    Area of Origin: Interior of Shed - Multiple Points

    Preliminary Cause: Incendiary - Unknown suspect(s) poured an ignitable liquid over wooden shelving and tables

    Additional Information: A supervisor for the Youth Facility smelled smoke and went to investigate. The supervisor found fire within the interior portion of the shed and immediately call 9-1-1. There were no injuries reported and no-one within the Youth Facility was displaced. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6832.
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    Date: 10-28-17

    Time: 7:15 a.m.

    Location / Address: 2983 Chestnut Drive, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland

    Type of Incident: Fire

    Description of Structure / Property: 2003 BMW Sedan

    Owner / Occupants: Diane Williams Johnson

    Injuries or Deaths: None

    Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 1,500.00 Contents: $ 0

    Smoke Alarm Status: N/A

    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A

    Arrests(s): None

    Primary Responding Fire Department: Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department

    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 4

    Time to Control: Out on arrival

    Discovered By: Owner

    Area of Origin: Exterior of Vehicle

    Preliminary Cause: Molotov Cocktail thrown at vehicle.

    Additional Information: The investigation revealed suspect(s) threw a Molotov Cocktail at the side of the vehicle. The device ignited and caused damage to the side of the vehicle and the cover on the car. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6833.
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