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Man Charged With Attempted Arson in Salisbury

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Investigators say Melvin Godinez, 40, tried to burn down this house in Salisbury. (Photo: OSFM) Investigators say Melvin Godinez, 40, tried to burn down this house in Salisbury. (Photo: OSFM)

SALISBURY, Md.- A 40-year-old man is facing attempted arson and related charges following accusations that he tried to set fire to a house in Salisbury.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said that shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Salisbury firefighters were called to 203 Washington St. in Salisbury to assist the Salisbury Police Department with an odor investigation.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to conduct an origin and cause investigation and determined the odor was the result of an unknown ignitable liquid poured onto and around the front porch of the two-story home.

Deputy state fire marshals identified Melvin Godinez, 40, as the suspect. Investigators said witnesses told them they saw Godinez pour a liquid and attempt to ignite the liquid with a cigarette lighter. The investigation also determined there was a civil dispute between Godinez and an occupant of the home that occurred prior to the incident, authorities said. 

There was no damage to the structure or injuries reported.

Godinez was taken into custody at the scene and subsequently transferred to Wicomico County Central Booking without incident. Godinez has been charged with attempted first-degree arson and two counts of reckless endangerment. If convicted of all charges, Godinez faces 40 years imprisonment $60,000 in fines, or both.

 
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