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Maryland State Fire Marshal

News Release Martin O’Malley Governor

William E. Barnard State Fire Marshal


CHARLES COUNTY, MD. (February 18, 2012) Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded an investigation into a Newburg Fire with the arrest of a 16 year old male juvenile. The juvenile has been transported to the Cheltenham Youth Facility where he will be held pending a hearing. Charges include Arson 1st Degree, and additional charges being handled by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. On February 17, 2012 at 8:11 p.m. firefighters were dispatched for a structure fire located in the 17000 block of Rock Point Road, Newburg. Firefighters arrived on location to find a two story wood framed dwelling with heavy smoke and heat conditions on the second floor. Deputy State Fire Marshals, through investigation, determined that the fire originated in a second floor bedroom of the dwelling occupied by Cheryl Docherty and the cause was determined to be Arson. The fire was contained to the room of origin and caused an estimated $15,000.00 dollars in damage.

### Media contact: K. Travers, Deputy State Fire Marshal; 410-241-1576 The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fire and explosion through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire protection engineering. For more information on fire safety call 1-800-525-3124, log onto our website at: and/or follow us on Facebook under “Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal”.

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2012-02-18 Charles Arrest S F Dwelling Newburg