Perryville man charged with setting fire to his own apartment

Blaze caused $1,000 in damage

January 26, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

State fire marshals on Friday arrested a Perryville man accused of setting his apartment on fire, officials said Saturday.

Isaac M. Chestnut, 57, is being held at Cecil County Detention Center on three charges of arson and malicious burning.

Neighbors called 911 after the fire ignited around 4:30 p.m. in a two-story building in the 600 block of Broad St. in Perryville. The building housed three apartments above businesses, including a pizza shop. The fire caused more than $1,000 in damage, state fire officials said.

Fire crews from Perryville, Charlestown, Port Deposit and Susquehanna Hose Company responded, but found the fire extinguished by sprinklers upon arriving. Investigators found that the fire had been set intentionally and arrested Chestnut at the scene.

He is being held on $50,000 bond and faces up to 55 years in prison and/or $55,000 in fines for the charges, fire officials said.

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