Four charged in connection to Talbot Co. house fire; blaze caused $400,000 in damages

Two men and two minors are facing charges, after authorities say they are responsible for setting a house fire which caused $400,000 in damages, in Talbot County.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says on Friday, the Easton Police Department and the Talbot County Sheriff's Office have concluded their investigation of a house fire, in Easton, which led to the arrest of two men and two juveniles. Authorities report that the fire happened at a vacant two story home, in the 29000 block of Dutchman's Lane, in the evening hours of September 7.

According to the report, 19-year-old Jacob Barklow, 19-year-old James Nabb and a minor, broke into the home. Once inside the home, Barklow, Nabb,and the juvenile reportedly began breaking windows and setting a fire. Over 40 fire fighters from local volunteer fire department apparently responded to the scene, taking over a hour and a half to extinguish this fire. Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office officials say the fire caused approximately $400,000 in damages to the home.

According to law enforcement, Barklow and Nabb were arrested without incident and transported to the Talbot County Detention Center. Barklow was reportedly held without bond, and Nabb was later released on a $3,000 bond.

Barklow was charged with arson first degree, home invasion, malicious burning first degree, burglary third, and fourth degree and malicious destruction of property over $1,000. If convicted, Barklow is apparently facing 76 years in prison and of $57,000 in fines plus any restitution.

Nabb was charged with burglary third and fourth degree. He is apparently facing up to 13 years in prison.

Officials say one juvenile was charged with burglary third and fourth degree and the other was charged with trespassing. Both minors were reportedly released to their parents.

Court proceedings are expected for all of the individuals charged in this case.

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