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Queen Anne’s County Man Arrested on Arson Charge

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. - After a 5 month-long investigation, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office has arrested an 18-year-old Queen Anne's County man for arson.

In a press release late Tuesday, the state fire marshal said deputies arrested John Todd Harrison, of Stevensville, at a home in Stevensville Tuesday.

The fire happened on March 6, 2016 just before 7:30 am at a two-story waterfront home on Beachside Drive along the Chesapeake Bay. The fire caused nearly $700,000 in damages between the home and its contents, the fire marshal said. The home was used as a weekend/vacation home by Barbara Openshaw of Anne Arundel County.

The fire marshal said the fire took 60 firefighters from the United Communities Volunteer Fire Company and neighboring fire departments 2 hours to bring under control.  The home was not occupied at the time of the fire and was discovered by a neighbor who saw the large fire from several streets away.

Harrison was charged with one count each of 1st- and 2nd-degree arson, 1st-, 2nd-, and 4th-degree burglary, 1st-degree malicious burning, and malicious destruction of property over $500.  Deputy State Fire Marshals transported Harrison to the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center where he was later released on a $20,000 bond.

If convicted, Harrison is facing a maximum penalty of 94 years in prison and/or $88,000 in fines.  

This case was brought to closure through a group effort of local concerned citizens, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, local volunteer fire companies and a thorough investigation by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.  

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