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Official: Man Set Mother's House on Fire

The Abingdon blaze occurred on North Branch Court less than a week ago.

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.

Todd Holden October 01, 2011 at 01:56 PM
wonders never cease...the volunteer firemen save the home, take his sick ass to the hospital....as if they don't have enough to do...part of his sentence should be to report to the Abingdon and Joppa fire halls and be made to clean equipment for a year.
Enza Lilley October 01, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Well said Todd!!
Eric bel air October 01, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Not only that- it looks like a townhouse community- what about all the neighbors??
Nick October 01, 2011 at 08:45 PM
What an idiot. The house had a sprinkler system. I wonder if he sat there and wondered what those little white things were for before he did it. Hope he gets the fifty years.
Patrick October 02, 2011 at 01:31 AM
40 firefighters? Is this necessary?
Beth Muller Delaney October 02, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Are you seriously questioning the amount of VOLUNTEERS that responded to an emergency? Hardly what this is about!
Todd Holden October 02, 2011 at 10:45 PM
@Beth...i agree with you Beth...a townhouse, that connects with other residences...the VFC's that turned out were there for a reason...a very good reason...
Enza Lilley October 03, 2011 at 01:05 AM
I agree with Beth, too!!
Ellen October 03, 2011 at 11:03 AM
I agree beth...IF I need them Im hoping they come out in force. And we should be thankful they are so willing to come when called
Linda Stine Flint October 03, 2011 at 07:03 PM
thankful we have the volunteers we do who will come out in force like that!!! because of quick response they were able to prevent even more damage in which all of them would've been needed.

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