Md. woman charged in arson of her home

GALESTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested a 64-year-old woman Sunday after investigators found out she set her home on fire intentionally on February 28.

Fire marshals said the fire happened around 3:27 a.m. and involved a single-story home close to the Maryland/Delaware line at 5467 Galestown Newhart Mill Road.

Nobody was inside of the house at the time of the fire, authorities said.

The investigation showed that Laurinda Lucille May of Middle River, Maryland intentionally set the fire, which caused over $20,000 in damages, according to authorities.

A passerby reported the fire. A total of 15 firefighters were needed to put the fire out.

After the completion of the investigation, it was determined that the fire was incendiary in nature and they were able to determine that May was the suspect.

Authorities do not have a motive for the fire at this time.

May was taken to Dorchester County Detention Center where she is on a $20,000 bond.

May was charged with arson first degree, malicious burning second degree and malicious destruction of property over $1,000.

Authorities said if she is convicted of the charges she will face up to 40 years in prison and/or $55,000 in fines.


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