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Cambridge Man Arrested on Arson Charges


CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A Cambridge man is arrested and charged with arson after police say he intentionally lit a home on fire last month.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal said 31-year-old Reginald Allen, Jr. was arrested Wednesday at his home on Charles Street in Cambridge.

Fire officials said a joint investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Cambridge Police Department revealed the fire was intentionally set.

According to fire officials, the blaze broke out at 7:11 p.m. Sunday, September 27th, at 507 Clinton Street in Cambridge.

Fire officials said five stations responded to the blaze at the four unit, two story apartment structure with nearly 30 firefighters. They said the fire was brought under control within an hour after they arrived at the scene.

The fire marshal's office said two people were inside the building at the time of the fire. Fire officials said one victim was taken to Dorchester General Hospital for non-life threatening burn injuries and released. They said the second victim was not injured.

Fire officials said smoke alarms alerted the residents of the fast-moving fire. According to investigators, the fire was intentionally set on the first floor rear porch, then spread upward and outward. They said the blaze caused approximately $40,000 in damage to the building and it's contents.

Wednesday, the state fire marshal's office said Allen was taken into custody and transported to Dorchester County Detention Center.

Fire officials said he was charged with 1st Degree Arson, 2nd Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Burning, Attempted Murder, Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Attempted Reckless Endangerment, Burglary and Malicious Destruction of Property.

If convicted of all charges, fire officials said Allen faces up to 211 years in prison, as well as $113,500 in fines. The state fire marshal's office said he is currently being held without bond and is awaiting a bond hearing.

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