A 47-year-old Rising Sun man faces arson and other related charges in the burning of his own home in Cecil County on Tuesday evening, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The blaze, which was discovered after deputies responded to the home for a domestic assault, caused the man to be hospitalized for smoke inhalation and caused estimated damages of more than $50,000 to his home, the fire marshal said.
Deputies with the Cecil County Sheriff's Office arrived at the home of Marco Adrin Gonzalez-Hernandez in the 600 block of Pearl Street in Rising Sun about 5 p.m. for a reported domestic assault and were approached by a child exiting the home, who said Gonzalez-Hernandez had threatened to burn the house down and harm himself, the fire marshal's office said.
The deputies approached the front of the one-story, wood-framed home and saw heavy fire through a window, the fire marshal said. They then went to the back of the home and found Gonzalez-Hernandez exiting the back door, the fire marshal said.
Gonzalez-Hernandez was detained by the deputies, treated by paramedics at the scene and then transferred to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center by a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, the fire marshal's office said.
A total of 25 firefighters from Rising Sun, Port Deposit and Oxford fought the fire, which was controled after about 15 minutes. It was unknown whether smoke alarms in the home were activated by the fire, which investigators determined began in the living room, the fire marshal said.
The investigation is continuing.