Suspect charged with arson in Brooklyn Park fire

A Brooklyn Park man was arrested and charged after a fire in Anne Arundel County Monday morning that injured one person.

Xavien Neal Pinkney, 23, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of malicious burning in the first degree, malicious burning in the second degree, two counts of reckless endangerment and destruction of property for a fire near Brooklyn Park in a house on Ballman Court, according to the fire department. The fire department arrested Pinkney, as its fire arson investigation unit has police powers when criminal acts involve a fire, said Lt. Russ Davies, fire department spokesman.

Investigators from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded to the basement fire around 7 a.m. Monday, and had the flames under control after about 25 minutes, with 28 firefighters involved.

The victim, a 22-year-old male, was sent to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center with first- and second-degree burns on his back and arms, and three other people were displaced from the home. No one else was injured and the fire department doesn't believe the victim's wounds are fatal, Davies said.

The victim left the scene and went to a Save-A-Lot less than a quarter of a mile from the scene, in the 5000 block of Ritchie Highway, and someone called for help for him from there, Davies said.

The fire caused $38,000 in damage to the home and its contents.

The cause of the fire was determined to be intentional at the scene, after an interview with the suspect, and Pinkney was "quickly identified" and held. He later admitted to starting the fire to hurt the victim, according to the fire department.

Pinkney is in custody at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on a no-bond status.

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