LARGO – Prince George's County Fire Department investigators arrested a 28-year-old Upper Marlboro man in relation to setting fire to a Largo townhouse that left eight adults and one child displaced.
With the assistance from the Prince George’s County and Baltimore City police, county fire investigators arrested Aaron Christopher Davis and charged him with three counts of arson in the first-degree and attempted first-degree murder, along with other charges.
Around 12:30 p.m. on April 3, units from Prince George's County Fire Department responded to the 11500 block of Dunloring Drive for a reported house fire.
“When our units arrived on the scene they encountered fire showing from all three levels of the townhouse with fire extending to two other townhouse,” said fire spokesperson Mark Brady.
A fire task force alarm was sounded, bringing in additional units to help battle the fire and a brush fire in the rear of the townhouse.
“It took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control,” Brady said. “Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the fire. Both were treated and released from a hospital.”
Investigators along with an arson dog were called to the scene to investigate the fire. During their investigation they determined some type of accelerant was used to set the fire.
According to court records, a neighbor observed Davis setting the fire. He was also caught on home security video camera. A source said fire officials told the home owner that Davis, who is a member of the Bloods game and has an extensive police record, set fire to the wrong house.
The fire caused an estimated $320,000 in damage.
Davis is in the custody of the department of corrections in Upper Marlboro on a no-bond status.
Fire Investigators are continuing to seek information about the incident, including additional suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Arson Tip Line at 301-77-ARSON (301-772-7766). Callers may remain anonymous.
Police released a video of a series of clips obtained from a nearby security camera. The video shows the suspect on location and the subsequent fire.