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Taneytown man charged with arson

Fire crews respond to a basement fire in an apartment building in the unit block of York Street in Taneytown Monday, April 18, 2016.

A Taneytown man has been charged with arson after he allegedly set several fires in the basement of a house on York Street earlier this week.

Jordan Israel Redding, 20, of the unit block of Fairground Avenue, is charged with one count of first-degree arson and two counts of reckless endangerment. Redding is being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center after a bail review hearing Friday morning, according to electronic court records.


Redding faces up to 40 years in prison and $60,000 in fines, according to a news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

On Monday afternoon, about 30 firefighters from the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company and other nearby agencies quickly extinguished a blaze discovered in the basement of a single-family home in the unit block of York Street in Taneytown, according to the fire marshal's office, which investigated the incident. Two men were able to escape the fire without injury, and estimated damage to the house and its contents was limited to about $5,000.


Deputies with the fire marshal's office determined there were three separate fires set, and the causes were not accidental or natural, according to a statement of charges for Redding.

One of the building's occupants told deputies that he saw Redding sitting outside of the building near the entrance to the building. Redding allegedly told the occupant he was just sitting. When the occupant checked back on Redding, he was gone, according to the statement.

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Redding waived his Miranda rights and spoke with the deputies, telling them that he went to the basement because he had smoked marijuana there previously but could not get ahold of his friend to get some, according to the statement. He then set a fire, using matches, in a trash can, using a wood stick to stir it, then set another fire by a dryer and one by hot water tanks, according to the statement.

The fire marshal's investigation led them to Redding, who allegedly admitted to setting multiple fires inside the basement of the structure, according to the news release from the office.

A preliminary hearing for Redding is scheduled for May 20 in Carroll County District Court.

Times reporter Heather Mongilio contributed to this article.