Inmate charged with setting fire at women's prison in Jessup

A 19-year-old inmate has been charged with intentionally setting a fire at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup this week.

Haley Elizabeth Biser, a Frederick woman who is serving a two-year sentence for assault, is accused of setting items on fire inside her cell, causing the evacuation of inmates and staff and requiring medical treatment for five correctional officers for smoke inhalation.

The fire broke out at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, and was extinguished within minutes. The state fire marshals’ office investigated the case.

Biser is charged with first-degree arson, second-degree arson, malicious burning and possession of contraband in a place of confinement. She continues to be held in state custody.

Records show Biser was convicted in two cases in Kent County. Reports in Pennsylvania show she also faced charges there in May, after leading Pennsylvania State Police on a four-mile chase in a stolen car that ended with a crash.

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