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Police briefs

Townhouse fire reported in Waldorf

A fire in a two-story townhouse was reported in Waldorf early Tuesday morning.

According to a press release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, around 12:30 a.m., 60 firefighters from the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded to Tanglewood Drive for the report of a structure fire. The fire took 20 minutes to control and did an estimated $175,000 in structural damage and $50,000 in content damage.

The fire was discovered by the occupant, and the area of origin is believed to be the rear deck. Occupants of four townhouses were displaced as a result of the fire and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

One firefighter was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital for burns, but was treated and released within a few hours. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.

Juvenile charged with arson

A 14-year-old female was charged with arson Tuesday stemming from a La Plata house fire that occurred Monday.

According to a press release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, at approximately 7:30 p.m., firefighters from the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments responded to the 9600 block of Docs Place in La Plata. Nearly 60 firefighters needed 20 minutes to bring the fire under control inside the vacant, two-story, single-family dwelling.

No injuries were reported, and the fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages. Deputy state fire marshals determined the fire was an intentional act and during the course of the investigation, identified the female juvenile as the person responsible.

The juvenile has been charged with first-degree arson and malicious burning and will be referred to the department of juvenile services.

Cash reward offered

For those with information that will lead to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County, Crime Solvers offer rewards up to $1,000.

Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive will remain anonymous and may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app on a smartphone, which can be found in the Android and Apple stores by searchingP3tips. For more information about the P3 program, go to

Fire marshal protects

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fires and explosions through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire engineering.

For more information on fire safety, call 1-800-525-3124 or go to

Sheriff’s office established in 1658

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 160,000 residents. The sheriff’s office was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011.

Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit