Maryland

UPDATE: Queen Anne's Co. man charged in connection to arson fire

GRASONVILLE, Md. - A man is facing arson charges, after police say he intentionally set a house on fire while an elderly woman and her granddaughter were inside, in Grasonville.

Deputy State Fire Marshals from the Upper Eastern Regional Office says on Tuesday, they have concluded their investigation of an arson fire that happened at a home in Grasonville, on Sunday.

According to the report, a 76-year-old woman and her granddaughter were sleeping inside the one story home, when the fire was intentionally set in multiple locations at the home, in the area of Jewel Court. A passing neighbor reportedly noticed smoke and and alerted the woman, allowing the two occupants to exit the home safely. Officials say the neighbor called 911 and and the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department, but was able to put out the fire before they arrived. The fire apparently caused an estimated $3,000 in damages to the home.

The Deputy State Fire Marshals investigation revealed the the home owners neighbor 27-year-old Sean Murphy, of Grasonville, intentionally poured gasoline and set multiple fires on the outside of the home.
While concluding the execution of a search and seizure warrant at Murphy's home, law enforcement says the 27-year-old was  arrested by the Deputy State Fire Marshals with assistance from Maryland State Police.

Murphy was charged with first degree arson, two counts of reckless endangerment, first degree malicious burning, and malicious destruction of property over $1,000. He is currently being held at the Queen Anne's County Detention Center without bond.

If convicted, authorities say Murphy faces a maximum penalty of 48 years in prison and/or $67500 in fines.


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