Man arrested in connection to Wicomico Co. house fire

DELMAR, Md. - A man is facing up to 30 years in prison, after authorities say he is responsible for a house fire, in Delmar.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal says on Friday, they made an arrests in connection to a fire that happened at a Delmar home, on Wednesday. According to the report, 20 firefighters from Delmar, Hebron, and Salisbury responded to the blaze, in the 8000 block of Lynch Drive, and had it under control in approximately 20 minutes. Officials report that the fire caused $15,000 in damage to the structure and the personal items inside.

According to law enforcement, it was determined that the fire was ignited in multiple areas of the two story wood frame home which was occupied at the time. Officials say the cause of the fire was arson.

During the investigation, officials learned that 46-year-old Gordon Shelton III was the only person inside the home at the time of the fire. Authorities say Shelton was responsible for setting the fire.

After obtaining an arrest warrant, Shelton was arrested and charged with first and second degree arson. He was taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center where he awaits an initial appearance.

If convicted, authorities say Shelton faces up to 30 years in prison and/or $50,000 in fines.

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