Teen’s anger towards mother fueled her arson of their apartment; now she is in reform school — did anyone take away her cigarette lighter?

Maryland State Fire MarshalCUMBERLAND, MD (October 26, 2014) – Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded a fire scene investigation in the 100 Block of Oldtown Road, Cumberland, Allegany County and have determined the fire to be Arson. The Cumberland Fire Department responded to the two story wood framed apartment at 9:11 p.m. last evening and extinguished a fire in a second floor bedroom. Five firefighters took approximately 5 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The fire was determined to be Arson and Investigators were able to develop that a female juvenile occupant of the involved apartment was responsible. During the investigation the female juvenile confessed to using an ordinary cigarette lighter and paper to set the fire. It was also determined that the juvenile and her mother had been engaged in a domestic argument prior to the fire. Investigators were assisted by The Cumberland Police Department and Cumberland Fire Department’s Fire Marshal.

The juvenile has been charged with 1st Degree Arson, Malicious Burning 1st Degree, and Reckless Endangerment. If convicted of all charges, the maximum penalties include 40 years imprisonment and or $60,000.00 dollars in fines. She has been transported to a Department of Juvenile Services Detention Facility in Rockville Maryland.

  • The fire was determined to be Arson and Investigators were able to develop that a female juvenile occupant of the involved apartment was responsible. During the investigation the female juvenile confessed to using an ordinary cigarette lighter and paper to set the fire. It was also determined that the juvenile and her mother had been engaged in a domestic argument prior to the fire

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