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Friday, December 14, 2018

Arrest Made in College Park Arson

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief PIO, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO


A man was arrested for setting fire to a College Park commercial strip center early this morning.  Just before 2:00 am, Friday, December 14th, firefighters arrived at the scene of a 1-story commercial structure that several businesses occupy in the 10000 block of Rhode Island Avenue.  Units arrived to find fire showing from a middle of the row business.  The well-advanced fire extended to attached businesses on both sides before being extinguished.

The building of origin is a mental health facility going by the name of “On Our Own”.

The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.  Personnel form the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal determined the fire was incendiary in nature.  Fire loss was estimated at $250,000.

Shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene a suspect was identified and taken into custody by law enforcement officials.
The suspect, Paul Franklin Willis 3rd (DOB 01/24/1981) of no fixed address, has been  charged with starting the fire at 10007 Rhode Island Avenue.   Charges include:

Arson- Second Degree (Felony)
Malicious Burning- First Degree (Felony)
Malicious Burning- Second Degree (Misdemeanor)
Reckless Endangerment (Misdemeanor)
Additional charges are pending.

Paul Franklin Willis 3rd (DOB 01/24/1981) of no fixed address has been charged with Arson