Thursday, June 30 2022

ARNOLD, MD — Officials say they have arrested the suspect charged with an arson attack on New Years Day in Arnold. A news release says the fire displaced three adults, injured a firefighter and caused $150,000 in damage.

Authorities identified the suspect as 25-year-old Aaron Christopher Skorupa. Officials accused Skorupa of intentionally placing flammable materials in his grill, setting it on fire and pushing him into the living room. The Anne Arundel County Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit charged Skorupa with:

  • First degree arson
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Malicious burn

Occupants and neighbors reported the emergency in the 400 block of Knottwood Court at around 10:41 a.m. Firefighters then found flames coming from the back of the medium-sized two-storey townhouse which had working smoke alarms .

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A team of 40 people brought the fire under control within 25 minutes and prevented the fire from damaging nearby homes. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department thanked these stations for their assistance:

  • Annapolis Fire Department
  • Naval Support Activity Annapolis Fire Department

One crew member suffered minor burns, officials said. Doctors took them to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. They were treated and discharged from the hospital’s burns unit.

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The Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping displaced residents find housing. The other two agencies that responded were the Anne Arundel County Police Department as well as Baltimore Gas and Electric.


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