CHARLES COUNTY, Md. — On Monday, Deputy State Fire Marshals charged a Charles County man after finding out that he was responsible for intentionally setting fire to a family-owned, single-family home.
On April 24, at around 4 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff's Office was called to 6840 Swann Gate Place for the emergency evaluation of a subject. While en route, the Sheriff's Office called the Deputy State Fire Marshals as well to investigate a dwelling fire at a neighboring address that occurred earlier in the day.
During their investigation, 55-year-old Paul Sherwood Swann was developed as a suspect. The home was vacant at the time of the fire and is considered a total loss. No fire departments were requested on the day of the fire.
At around 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Swann was charged with First Degree Arson and was arrested by members of the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Maryland State Police at his home.
He has been transported to the Charles County Detention Center and, if found guilty, he could face 30-years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines.
Officials also discovered that Swann co-owned the home with his brother, Wardell Swann.