OXON HILL, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Prince George’s County fire investigators have charged an 18-year-old man with arson after authorities say he set his mother’s house on fire.
Firefighters were called to the home, located in the 5600 block of Woodland Drive in Oxon Hill, about 7:30 a.m. Friday after police reported the man was involved in a dispute with relatives, had set a fire in the home and stayed inside.
Fire officials say the man went on the roof of the burning house and threw something at police officers, who unsuccessfully attempted to control the fire with extinguishers from their cruisers.
Authorities say when firefighters arrived they found heavy fire and smoking coming from the first floor. They say the man eventually jumped to the ground and was taken into custody.
Firefighters brought the blaze under control. The man, whom officials would not identify, was taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.
Fire officials say the man is facing a multitude of charges including first degree arson, destruction of property and assaulting a police officer.
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