Man charged with arson in fire at Sykesville hospital


A man living in a halfway house at Springfield Hospital Center was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the county jail on first-degree arson charges stemming from a fire Sunday at the Sykesville facility, court records show.

Gordon Hughes, 44, was arrested by state fire marshals soon after the 12: 30 p.m. blaze broke out in a second-floor closet at the two-story, brick-veneer cottage.

No one was injured and damage was estimated at $20,000, fire marshals said.

Firefighters from Sykesville, Winfield, Gamber and West Friendship in Howard County brought the blaze under control within 10 minutes, fire officials said.

A hospital staff member reported finding Hughes in a bedroom adjacent to the closet where the fire began, fire marshals said. No one else was in the building at the time.


Sykesville: Firefighters responded at 1: 58 a.m. Sunday to a smoke detector in the 800 block of Caren Drive. Units were out 27 minutes.

Sykesville: Firefighters responded at 6: 21 a.m. Friday to a car fire on Ridge Road. Units were out 23 minutes.

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