A 36-year-old Abingdon man has been arrested and charged with first-and second-degree arson for allegedly .
August M. Ruggerio III of the 600 block of North Branch Court, where the fire occurred, is accused of starting a fire in his mother's house at about 12:25 p.m. Sunday, according to a release from the . The blaze was extinguished by the home's sprinkler system, though 40 firefighters from and Joppa volunteer fire companies responded to the incident.
Ruggerio was transported Sunday to the for smoke inhalation. He was Friday after being released from the hospital, the release stated.
Officials believe multiple fires were set in the basement. If convicted, Ruggerio faces up to 50 years and prison and $80,000 in fines.