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Arrest Made in Delmar Arson

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The home is located at 708 E. State St. in Delmar, Md. (Photo: WBOC) The home is located at 708 E. State St. in Delmar, Md. (Photo: WBOC)

DELMAR, Md.- A landlord is in custody following allegations that he intentionally set fire to a home he rented to a family in Delmar, Md. Andy Modeste was arrested after a joint investigation between the Delmar Police Department and the Maryland State Fire Marshal.  A family of four was sleeping inside the home when the fire started just after midnight early Monday.

Friends are working hard to assist the Machado family pack their belongings, which survived the fire at the home located at 708 E. State Street. 

"They are my friends and I got a call this morning that they have this situation," said Marina Fernandez. "They were scared, so I came to help them."

The Machado family has lived in the home for two years.  Now they are moving out and neighbors like Darlene McGee are sympathetic.  She said, "I think it's terrible that someone would start a fire, because we've heard a lot about that recently- with different people doing things like that."

The State Fire Marshal said the fire started a crawl space.  The space is now covered with wooden panels.

The fire was ruled arson and the suspect accused of starting it is the home's owner and landlord, Seaford, Del., resident Andy Modeste.

The fire is still under investigation, but friends of the Machado's are relieved everyone is OK. Elyzabeth Marchewka said, "I'm grateful that they are alive and the kids got out safe and the parents got out safe.  You know, that nobody really got hurt."

By Monday afternoon the Machado's moved out. Their stay at the home had ended. 

Modeste is charged with attempted murder, arson and related offenses. If convicted, he faces life in prison and more than $90,000 in fines.

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