Man charged with arson in Salisbury house fire
SALISBURY, Md. – A Sunday night house fire in Salisbury has resulted in arson charges for a man.
We’re told firefighters with the Salisbury Fire Department responded to 508 Bethel Street at around 11:45 p.m. for a reported house fire. Firefighters were able to control the blaze, which was confined in a bedroom closet, in roughly five minutes. Officials say the house was not equipped with a fire alarm or a sprinkler system, but it did have working smoke alarms.
Total damage has been estimated at $1,000 to the structure itself, and another $2,000 to the contents inside of the home that burned.
State fire marshals were called to the scene to investigate the blaze, and in conjunction with the Salisbury Police Department, determined that the fire was the result of arson. 38-year-old Anthony McNeese was identified as the suspect who intentionally set the fire, and it was learned through the investigation that some type of domestic disagreement had occurred in the home prior to the fire being set. The house was occupied by a woman and her three children at the time of the blaze.
McNeese has been charged with first and second degree arson, first and second degree malicious burning, and four counts of reckless endangerment. He is currently being held without bond.