Arrest Made in Capitol Heights Arsons

Monday, Jun 20, 2011  |  Updated 7:51 AM EDT
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Police believe a neighborhood dispute may have led to an early morning house fire in Capitol Heights, Md.

Melissa Mollet

Police believe a neighborhood dispute may have led to an early morning house fire in Capitol Heights, Md.

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Police linked two fires set on Tuesday to occupied homes in Prince George's County.  On Wednesday, authorities arrested a suspect in the case.

Maurice D. McPherson, 28, of Upper Marlboro, has been charged with two counts of arson, as well as assault and reckless endangerment.

Investigators said McPherson set fire to two homes in Capitol Heights.  One of the fires, on the 1400 block of Early Oaks Lane, resulted in five injuries, two to firefighters.  The fire quickly ripped through the building, melting metal and causing residents to jump out of the windows to escape.

The other fire took place on the porch of a nearby Farmingdale Avenue residence.

Police continue to investigate the two incidents, which may be linked to a long-running neighborhood feud.

To help the fire victims:

Evans Family Fire Relief Fund
14450 Old Mill Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Or people can walk into the Prince George's Community Federal Credit Union and donate. Or they can send checks for the Evans Family Fire Relief Fund to the Credit Union.

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