Maryland

Deputies: Goldsboro man admits to setting fire to his father's boat

CAROLINE COUNTY, Md. - Deputy State Fire Marshals from the Upper Eastern Regional Office have arrested a 18-year-old and charged him with setting fire to a boat in Caroline County on Monday night.

According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, Brian Smith was charged with setting ablaze a boat on Drapers Mill Road in Goldsboro on Monday at 7:34 PM. The one alarm fire brought 20 firefighters from the Goldsboro Volunteer Fire Department to put out the fire in 20 minutes.

The 25' Sea Ray boat built in the 1970s was owned by Smith's father, Robert Smith, Senior. Brian Smith reportedly alerted his father about the fire shortly after he set fire to the boat. Deputy State Fire Marshals determined that the fire started on the inside of the boat and that the cause was incendiary.

Smith was taken into custody at the scene by Deputy State Fire Marshals after admitting to setting the fire. Smith was charged with second degree arson, second degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property under $1,000. He was taken before a Caroline County Commissioner and released on his own recognizance due to having no prior criminal history.

If found guilty on all charges, Smith is facing a maximum penalty of over 21 years in prison and/or $31,000 in fines.


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