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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Silver Spring Man Charged with Arson

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators have charged a Silver Spring man with Arson to a vacant structure. Fire Investigators issued an arrest warrant for Anthony John Sellers, 26 years of age, charging him with Second Degree Arson for a fire that occurred in June 2008. Second Degree Arson is a Felony that carries a maximum penalty of $30,000/20 years in jail. He was arrested in Montgomery County without incident on June 3, 2009.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred just before midnight on June 18, 2008. Firefighters responded to a house fire at 6701 Greenland Street in Landover Hills and arrived to find a single family home with heavy fire coming from the second floor and roof of the vacant structure. The fire was extinguished and Fire Investigators were called to the scene. The cause of the fire was determined to be “set” and fire loss was estimated at $150,000. One firefighter sustained burns to his leg while battling this fire.

Additional charges are pending against this individual for set fires that occurred in vacant structures in Laurel (construction trailer) and Riverdale (temporary classroom) during June and July 2008. Sellers was released on a $25,000 Bond on June 5, 2009. He is a former volunteer firefighter within Prince George’s County, however, was not on any membership roles when these crimes were committed. Additionally, there is no information, at this time, that connects this individual with a number of set fires currently under investigation in the Riverdale area.

Arson is a serious crime which receives serious attention from our experienced and talented group of Fire Investigators. Any and all crimes of arson that occur within Prince George’s County will be thoroughly investigated and when you are caught; we will assist in your prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Anyone with information about a crime of arson is encouraged to contact our ARSON TIP LINE at 301-77-ARSON. Callers may remain anonymous.