Arrest Made in Bowie Home Arson - Dogs Rescued Need Veterinary Help

 Julian Martin Massiah of Bowie
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

The Office of the Fire Marshal, Fire Investigations Division, has arrested Julian Martin Massiah of Bowie, in connection with the fire that occurred on October 23, 2013 at 12418 Sandal Lane, Bowie, Maryland.  Massiah was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Arson, felonies, carrying a maximum sentence of 30 years and 20 years respectively, with further charges possible after review from the State’s Attorney’s Office.  Massiah is currently being held at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections on a $150,000 bond.  

Prince George's County Fire/EMS Chief Marc S. Bashoor commended the firefighters that made quick work of the well-advanced fire and doing so without injury on Wednesday. Chief Bashoor also acknowledged the excellent "around-the-clock investigation" by personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshal in identifying and arresting the suspect.

On another related note, the two Chihuahuas removed from the home and revived by firefighters appear to be in declining health.  "Mylo," a 3-year old Chihuahua, is experiencing eye irritation either from burns or debris.  "Otis" a 2-year old Chihuahuas has not responded very well and may be experiencing the effects of smoke inhalation.  Unfortunately, the family does not currently have the financial resources to have the dogs examined by a veterinarian.  The medical condition of "Otis" sounds as if he may not survive unless treated in the very near future.  The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department has contacted the dogs owner and is working with local veterinary services in the hope of starting treatment.  The public may be asked for financial donations to help cover the costs of the treatment of these dogs, additional information will be forthcoming.

 "Mylo" is a 3-year old Chihuahua 

 "Otis" is a 2-year old Chihuahua