Wednesday, January 12 2022

Prince George County Police arrested a woman and charged her with setting her on fire on the night of January 1, 2021 that displaced 65 people from a building in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Prince George County Police arrested a woman and charged her with setting her on fire on the night of January 1, 2021 that displaced 65 people from a building in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The blaze required more than 100 firefighters and called for help from units in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia.

Teams arrived at block 2100 on Alice Avenue and found a three-story apartment building with an intense fire on the second floor.

No one was injured in the fire.

After investigation, the county police department identified and later arrested Quiana Taliaferro, who lived in the complex, for starting the fire.

Taliaferro, who admitted to starting the fire, has been charged with the felony of arson in the first degree and the misdemeanor of reckless endangerment.

If found guilty, Taliaferro faces up to 30 years in prison on the sole charge of arson.

A police statement released on Saturday said the fire, which caused around $ 2 million in damage, was started by Taliaferro in a room inside his apartment.

“The action of the arsonist has really had a difficult impact on the lives of many people,” said Michael Yourishin, spokesperson for the county fire and rescue services.

The blaze was the third Prince George County faced on New Years Day.

Earlier Friday, a fire raged through a one-story house in the 11300 block of Montgomery Road in Beltsville shortly after noon, killing a woman and sending three others, including an 8-year-old girl, to hospital with injuries serious.

Mirna Reinoza, 42, died in the fire. Yourishin said she left her home because of the smoke detector and then returned. During this time, the girl was able to get out of the house, but not Reinoza. His body was later found inside the house.

Before 2:30 p.m., on Sybaris Drive in Upper Marlboro, firefighters extinguished a fire in a house that displaced two adults and a child. The family dog ​​is dead.

Prince George County firefighters fought a house fire again at 5 p.m. in the 4200 block of 21st Place in Temple Hills.

OMCP’s Abigail Constantino and Luke Garrett contributed to this report.

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