Upper Marlboro arson destroyed 10 vehicles, totaling $110K in damage, official says -- Gazette.Net


Prince George’s County fire/EMS officials said an arson in Watkins Regional Park this morning destroyed 10 vehicles, nine of which belong to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, with damages totaling about $110,000.

The fire/EMS department was dispatched at about 5 a.m. to the Upper Marlboro park, where they discovered a vehicle on fire and another vehicle partially burning, said Mark Brady, county fire/EMS spokesman. Upon further inspection, investigators found that 10 total vehicles had been destroyed after a personal vehicle, a Cadillac, not owned by the commission, was set on fire at about 2 a.m., Brady said.

The wind had spread the fire from the private car to the nine other vehicles, which included minivans, sedans, small buses and other vehicles belonging to the commission, Brady said.

The fire has been labeled an arson, and fire investigators are continuing their work, looking into the status of the initial vehicle set on fire to determine if the vehicle was stolen, Brady said.