Salisbury owner accused of setting fire to his business
Investigators with the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office say they are currently investigating an arson fire that happened in Salisbury on Friday morning.
Investigators say that they learned that the Friendly Food Store was intentionally set on fire. Investigators determined that an ignitable liquid was used to start a fire in multiple locations.
Investigation following the origin and cause reportedly found that the owner of the business, 39-year-old Mohammad Adeen of Salisbury, intentionally set fire to the business for financial gain.
An employee of Adeen, identified as 42-year-old Timothy DeMent of Salisbury, also reportedly helped in setting the fire. Currently, officials say that Adeen and DeMent have been charged with second degree arson and are awaiting a hearing with the Court Commissioner at the Wicomico County Detention Center.
Officials say that the fire was originally dispatched around 12:32 a.m. on Friday morning after a passer by called 911. Upon arrival of the fire department, investigators say that a small burning fire was found inside of the business.
About 17 firefighters from the Salisbury Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire within 10 minutes. The fire reportedly caused about $600 in damages to the building, which is a multi-use business center.
Officials say that the owner of the building, and victim, was identified as Sajjad Shah.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the state Fire Marshal's Office at the Lower Eastern Region Office at 410-713-3780.