- The Enterprise
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A Waldorf man was arrested Sunday evening for setting fire to the residence he shared with his girlfriend and her family.
Timothy Darrel Henson, 52, started the fire about 7 p.m. in the 1700 block of Brightwell Court in Waldorf’s Bannister neighborhood, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office reported.
Henson started the fire with gasoline in the foyer of the home, according to charging documents.
Witnesses told police they saw a man striking matches to light the fire. When Henson was arrested, charging documents state, he smelled strongly of gasoline.
One of the other residents of the home, Janelle Butler, was inside with her two children when Henson started the fire, according to court documents.
He reportedly told Butler to get out of the house. When she came downstairs, charging documents state, she saw Henson pouring the gas.
The Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments responded.
Firefighters extinguished the fire within five minutes, according to the deputy fire marshal’s report.
Henson and his girlfriend, Melissa Stewart, had argued earlier in the evening, and he set the fire to spite her, according to the report.
The home is owned by Kundhi Durghi.
The fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the townhouse, which is valued at $150,000.
The occupants are being assisted by family and friends due to the damage caused by the fire.
Henson was taken into custody and charged with first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property.
Henson was taken to the Charles County jail, where he is being held on $50,000 bail.