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Abingdon man charged with setting fire that damaged Edgewood home

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office determined a fire Friday in the 600 block of Tupelo Court in Edgewood was intentionally set.
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office determined a fire Friday in the 600 block of Tupelo Court in Edgewood was intentionally set. (Courtesy Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Co.)

An Abingdon man is being charged with arson after fire officials say he intentionally set an Edgewood home on fire early Friday morning.

Thomas C. Gibb, 34, of the 1800 block of Walton Road, is charged with first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, malicious destruction of property and stalking, according to electronic court records. He’s been held at the Harford County Detention Center without bail since his arrest Friday.

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Thomas Gibb, of Abingdon, is charged with arson after investigators said he intentionally set fire at an Edgewood home on Friday, Oct. 16.
Thomas Gibb, of Abingdon, is charged with arson after investigators said he intentionally set fire at an Edgewood home on Friday, Oct. 16. (Courtesy Office of the State Fire Marshal)

A bail review is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and other nearby departments responded to the 600 block of Tupelo Court in Edgewood for a house fire around 6:15 a.m. Friday. Firefighters were able to control the blaze in about 20 minutes, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, but not before the fire caused about $150,000 in damages.

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The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured in the blaze. The home is uninhabitable because of the damages, according to charging documents filed in Harford County District Court.

Investigators found video of the person setting the fire on the front porch of the house, then fleeing the area, according to charging documents.

The video also showed that same person, who police later identified as Gibb, near the driver’s side of a white work van parked in front of the house. Investigators later learned the tire had multiple punctures and had to be replaced.

When interviewed by police, Gibb admitted to slashing the tires of the van, according to the documents.

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Investigators also spokes with a woman who said Gibb had been following her and sitting outside her house, according to the documents. She showed police text messages from Gibb’s phone number in which he states he is outside of the woman’s house and that he would follow the woman if she left the house.

She told police that Gibb had followed her and shown up unannounced to places she’s been in the past, the documents state.

The woman told police she had been talking and hanging out with a man who was working on the house in the 600 block of Tupelo Court, and he had intended to move into the house. The two were at the house Thursday, the night before the fire, and left around 10 p.m. they told police.

The man told police he thought someone had been following in him in recent weeks since he started talking to the woman, documents state.

Deputy State Fire Marshals, with the assistance of Harford County Sheriff’s deputies, arrested Gibb later Friday night at his place of employment.

Court records did not list an attorney for Gibb.

Reporter David Anderson contributed to this article.

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