From the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal:
Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded an investigation into the origin and cause for the fire that heavily damaged a home located in the 1700 block of Harbinger Trail in Edgewood on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the address for a 911 hang-up call to the Harford County Emergency Operations Center. Upon arrival, deputies heard the sound of a smoke alarm and observed a couch on fire in the basement of the home. The fire departments and the Office of the State Fire Marshal were promptly dispatched to the scene.
Investigators determined the occupants fifteen year-old daughter intentionally ignited a fire using a liquid accelerant in the basement of their home after a dispute with her father. The one alarm fire quickly spread throughout the two story, split level home and caused an estimated $200,000 in damage before being extinguished by nearly fifty firefighters from Joppa, Abingdon, Bel Air, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Kingsville and White Marsh Volunteer Fire Departments.
Two firefighters received injuries during the incident. One firefighter was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center for minor burns to the back of the neck and released. The other firefighter was treated and released from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for respiratory issues.
The youth has been referred to the Harford County Department of Juvenile Services on charges of: 1st Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious burning and (2) counts of Reckless Endangerment.