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Woodbine man charged with arson, attempted murder at mobile home park

A Woodbine man was charged with arson and attempted murder Thursday after being accused of intentionally setting a fire in his residence at the Woodbine Village Mobile Home Park, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The fire rapidly engulfed a shed then spread to another mobile home next door, which was occupied. The occupant of the other home escaped without injury.

At at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department and other nearby fire departments responded to the Woodbine Village Mobile Home Park in the 5900 block of Woodbine Road for a dwelling fire, according to a news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Witnesses reported observing a man, later identified as Milton Salguero-Vargus, 24, sitting outside the home while it was on fire. Salguero-Vargus told the witnesses that he set the fire, according to the news release.

According to Oliver Alkire, assistant public information officer for State Fire Marshal’s Office, the man told bystanders and investigators “people were bothering him” and “people were going against him all the time” but he didn’t specify who these people were. He also said he “didn’t care if he went to jail.”

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Officers from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrived and detained Salguero-Vargus before fire investigators arrived on the scene.

Deputy State fire marshals responded and conducted an origin and cause investigation and determined the fire was caused by arson. Salguero-Vargus told investigators that he shared the mobile home with two other men who were not home at the time, and that he set the mobile home on fire, according to the news release.

Salguero-Vargus was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson, first-degree assault, three counts of malicious burning first degree, three counts of malicious destruction of property, and reckless endangerment.

He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center without bond.

Alkire said the mobile home where the fire originated was considered a total loss with an estimated $153,025 in damages, including the home and its contents.

The second home impacted by the blaze was not completely destroyed, Alkire said, and estimated the total property damage at $100,000.


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