A Severn man suffering a mental health crisis died on Thursday from injuries sustained in a house fire he started Monday night, Anne Arundel fire officials said.
Mark A. Harvey, 50, was taken to the hospital Monday evening for injuries sustained at his residence located on Gambrills Road, Anne Arundel County Police said.
Police responded to a call at the residence around 6:30 p.m. There, they discovered Harvey had assaulted an elderly resident within the home, police said.
Anne Arundel County Police tweeted that officers and the county’s mobile crisis team responded to the 100 block of Gambrills Road at about 7 p.m. for an “unknown disturbance” involving a person who was suffering a mental health crisis and observed smoke at the residence.
After Harvey barricaded himself inside the attic, police verbally engaged him until they observed smoke coming from the roof, police said. Eventually, the roof collapsed, causing Harvey to fall through the attic floor.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment, where he later died. The elderly victim was also transported to a hospital for minor injuries.
Fire investigators determined the fire to be arson and intentionally set by Harvey during police negotiations, fire officials said Thursday in a press release.
Fifty-nine firefighters from six separate agencies responded and took an hour to control the fire.
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Belson contributed to this story.