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SHARPSBURG — A homeowner has been charged with setting fire to his house in the 4800 block of Churchey Road near Sharpsburg.
James Anderson, 43, has been charged with first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and reckless endangerment. He was taken to Washington County Central Booking without incident.
According to a Washington County emergency services supervisor, the fire was reported at 11:52 p.m. Friday.
Thirty-eight firefighters from Sharpsburg and other departments came to battle the blaze, the state fire marshal’s office reported.
“The fire was brought under control in approximately two hours and was estimated to have caused $200,000 in damages to the one-story, wood-framed single family dwelling and the personal contents of its occupants, James Anderson and Rebecca Finkleman,” the release states.
Other details, such as whether anyone was inside the home at the time of fire, were not immediately available.
The home is considered “a complete loss.”
According to the release, deputy fire marshals at the scene determined that the fire was intentionally started in the basement.
The fire marshal’s office did not mention a motive or specify the details of how the fire was started.
“The investigation revealed that ordinary combustibles were ignited by an open flame device,” the release states.
The Washington County emergency services supervisor said the scene was at 4815 Churchey Road.
The fire rekindled shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday, and firefighters returned to douse the flames again, the supervisor reported.
The Red Cross was on the scene to help the person displaced by the fire, the supervisor said.