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Bowie man charged with arson

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Published on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Jim Davis

A Bowie man was charged Sunday with arson after allegedly setting his house on fire Friday.

Prince George’s County fire investigators and county police officers arrested Elijah Kareem Shahid, 40, and charged him with first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and threat of arson.

Just after 8:30 p.m. Friday, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department responded to the house fire in the 16300 block of Pewter Lane. Police officers were also on the scene because of a possible domestic dispute. Public Safety Communications dispatched that someone may still have been inside the burning home, according to PGFD spokesman Mark Brady.

Once the scene was confirmed secure by law enforcement, firefighters reported smoke emanating from the second floor and fire at the back of the two-story home.

A rapid search and rescue commenced, and no one was found inside. Firefighters advanced hose lines to the top floor and extinguished multiple fires with different points of origin, Brady said.

“It is believed that a male occupant of the house used an ignitable liquid to set the fires,” Brady said.

Shahid was taken into custody on the scene because of witness accounts, but he was not charged until Sunday. He was taken to the Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro and held on a $15,000 bond.

First-degree arson is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and $50,000 fine.

There were no injuries reported, and fire loss is estimated at $10,000.

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