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A man and woman sustained critical burn injuries inside of a Kettering home where they both lived after a set fire occurred during a domestic argument. The man died of his injuries before being arrested.
On Tuesday, November 8, at around 9:45 am, an adult female emerged from her home in the unit block of Herrington Drive and sought help from a group of poll workers at the nearby Kettering Middle School. The female, 60ish, had 3rd Degree burn injuries on the upper half of her body and asked for help. While some poll workers assisted her, another called 911 to say that smoke was coming from a house across the street and they had an injured occupant with them.
Additional 911 information revealed that an adult male had exited and re-entered the burning home. When firefighters arrived, the adult male, 64 years-of-age, had exited the home a second time and was found outside suffering from burn and smoke inhalation injuries.
Medics treated and transported both patients to area hospitals for their injuries. Both were listed in Critical condition at area hospitals as of last night.
A Prince George's County Fire Captain sustained burn injuries while battling the fire. He was transported to Medstar Washington Hospital Center Burn Unit where he was treated and released later the same day.
Two dogs escaped the burning house on their own, recovered, and placed into the care of County Animal Control.
Two other resident of the home, an adult female and infant child, were not at home when the fire occurred. They are displaced and assisted by the American Red Cross.
Officials from the Fire/EMS Departments Office of the Fire Marshal arrived and began their cause and origin investigation. It was quickly found that the injured female was doused with an ignitable liquid and set on fire by the male during an argument they were having in the basement of the house. This incendiary act also started combustibles on fire in the basement.
The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Fire loss is estimated at $100,000.
Fire Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set and were joined by the County Police Homicide and Domestic Violence Units. A joint fire and police investigation ensued and multiple charges against the adult male were developed and a warrant was obtained.
The suspect, Louis Ferrard Fedee, DOB 8-24-1952, was described as a long-time acquaintance of the injured female homeowner. He was still hospitalized when he succumbed to his injuries late this morning. He died prior to being arrested.
The warrant included the following charges:
1) Attempted 1st Degree Murder
2) Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
3) Assault 1st Degree
4) Assault 2nd Degree
5) Arson 1st Degree
6) Arson 2nd Degree
7) Malicious Burning 1st Degree
8) Reckless Endangerment
9) Malicious Destruction of property over $1000.00
10) Animal Cruelty
The female homeowner remains listed in Critical Condition.