Teen Charged with Arson in Edgewood House Fire

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the teen started the fire after a dispute with her father.

A 15-year-old from Edgewood has been charged with first-degree arson after trying to burn down her house over the weekend following a disagreement with her father, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Approximately 50 firefighters responded to the blaze on the 1700 block of Harbinger Trail Saturday night, and two were injured, according to the report.

The incident originally came to the attention of authorities as a 911 call, according to the fire marshal.

Deputies from the Harford County Sheriff's Office fielded the call, which was a person calling and hanging up, and saw a couch on fire in the basement when they arrived, the fire marshal said.

The fire quickly spread through the split-level home and ultimately caused $200,000 in damage, according to the report.

According to investigators, the 15-year old used a "liquid accelerant" to start the fire after a dispute with herĀ father.

Firefighters from Joppa-Magnolia, Bel Air, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Abingdon, Kingsville and White Marsh helped battle the blaze, according to the statement.

One firefighter who suffered burns to the back of his neck was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview, where he was treated and released, the fire marshal said. The other firefighter was treated at Upper Chesapeake for respiratory issues, and officials said he was also released.

The fire marshal said the teen was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services on charges of first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and two counts of reckless endangerment.

shari b March 13, 2013 at 04:43 AM
man, they are getting younger every day! sure hope dad's not planning on putting anything under the christmas tree for her. i'd be secretly moving to a new town and leave that girl behind. next time, it might be a knife instead of a match....
Danial Carver March 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM
I know this person and she is really a good person. She wouldn't hurt a flea. She really is misunderstood. She just needs some counseling and more positive surroundings. She was just reaching out for help. We need to help these troubled teens at times like this. Society can be so hard on them.
Jon March 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Danial, I don't know this girl and so I don't have a frame of reference other than what is written above. As you can imagine, it is difficult reconciling the fact that she burned down a house versus a good person that "wouldn't hurt a flea". Regardless, it's clear that she needs help. I hope she gets what she needs and makes amends for her mistake. Thankfully, she did not severely hurt herself or anyone else.
Average Joe March 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Disagree- She did harm two innocent people. Her actions led to the injury of two firefighters that had to come put out the fire she started. Obviously there is an underlying issue and most teenage girls would not set fire to a house. However, she still needs to be held accountable for her actions. Weather or not she has issues she still committed a crime tht injured two people and caused $200, 000 worth of damage.
nicki marie March 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM
she has already tried it with a knife didnt work
Dana Pence Kimmel March 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I'm not even going to comment on all the negativity. All danial was trying to say is he knows how this teen usually is. We're all seeing this for the first time on this post and frankly in shock. The family and the father my kids call uncle talked more about the firemen getting injured then the fact that they lost everything but the clothes on their backs. They feel horrible that someone trying to help them save their home was injured. I'm sure the girl will be getting the help she needs and will be accountable for her actions. Like I said,I never seen this side of her. She's usually polite and quiet. Mental illness is a serious thing. While there isn't a excuse for actions like this,this family lost everything and are going through a lot right now. I set up a public tastefully simple fundraiser to anyone wanting to help on facebook. Any negativity will be deleted,blocked,and reported on the news post. I'm donating all my commission's to the homeowners. Thank you.
Terry March 13, 2013 at 01:59 PM
the chick needs some serious meds..................
rrrrdon March 13, 2013 at 04:01 PM
We need common sense measures to prevent this from happening again. I propose all household items that can ignite flame be registered, along with mandatory liscense to buy these household items. Background checks and mandatory 3 month waiting period for these items.
jessica walsh March 13, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I know her personally from school and she is best friends with people I hangout with she is crazy she went into her house and set it on fire she been in a mental institution and she cut all of her three times and was threatening to kill people in school and she laugh when the police caught her, she laughed about setting her house on fire when we heard she was on the loose and the police was looking for her a lot of people from school was locking their doors and windows.
Mary Taylor March 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM
So no one was in the home, except 2 dogs who died?
Dana Pence Kimmel March 14, 2013 at 06:05 AM
No animals died. They don't own any dogs.
Mary Taylor March 15, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Well that's good. Everyone got out a plus for her, But, personally she needs more help than her parents can provide. Hopefully, the judge will sentence her appropriately. Prayers are with the family. She'll get help, hope it's the right kind. This can't all be solved by meds. They can only do so much and she's got to really want help. Then of course she's gotta take the meds.
Mary Taylor March 15, 2013 at 03:06 AM
She could have killed the firemen. She needs to get sentenced accordinately.
Dee March 17, 2013 at 04:33 AM
I live down the street from this house. It's hard to understand when people have mental illness, I know because I have a family member struggling with it. We need to show our love and give our prayers , to her and the family. I pray she gets the help she needs, and if I can do anything , I'm willing to help.
mnm April 04, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Can't use mental illness as an excuse everytime a bratty kid does something so stupid and careless. Mental illness runs in my family too. We didn't burn down houses as revenge.


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