Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
A Bladensburg man, a former Riverdale volunteer firefighter, was arrested today and is being charged with First Degree Arson to a dwelling in Riverdale. Gerard McBurnie Dixon Jr. is charged with maliciously setting a fire to a dwelling at 4504 Kennedy Street in Riverdale on June 29, 2008. On that date, firefighters from the Riverdale Fire/EMS Station and other nearby stations were alerted to a house on fire at 3:25 am and arrived to find heavy fire showing. A firefighter sustained minor burn injuries while battling the fire.
Gerard McBurnie Dixon, Jr., DOB of 9/21/88, was arrested out-of-state by law enforcement officials and is awaiting extradition back to Prince George’s County.
Prince George’s County Fire Investigators were assisted by Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the County Police Department in the investigation which led to the arrest. The investigation remains open and additional arrests are possible.
First Degree Arson is a Felony and if convicted, Dixon could face up to 30 years imprisonment or a fine not to exceed $50,000 or both.
Being as this is an open and on-going investigation, no additional information is available. No photo of the suspect is available.