From the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal:
A joint investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Aberdeen Police Department has resulted in charges of Arson being placed on two adult males from Aberdeen.
At 1:41 a.m. Tuesday, Harford County Emergency Operations Center was informed of an occupied apartment building fire at the Warwick Plaza apartment complex at 504 Plaza Court in Aberdeen. Aberdeen Police Department arrived and ushered all occupants of the two story 12 unit structure to safety as the Aberdeen Fire Department arrived. Furniture and personal items located outside of the structure as result of an eviction were fully engulfed in flames and causing heat damage to the side of the apartment building. The fire was quickly placed under control within five minutes. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Damages to the structure were contained to melted siding and a broken window to a single apartment unit. The occupant with the broken window was assisted by friends and the remaining occupants were able to return inside the building.
An investigation of the incident revealed Gilberto Ferrera Suris (34) and Jonathon James Anders (24) were responsible for igniting the fire that caused approximately $5,000 in damages.
Both men have been charged with Arson 1st Degree, Arson 2nd Degree, Malicious Burning 1st Degree, Malicious Burning 2nd Degree, Malicious Destruction of Property and Reckless Endangerment. Suris and Anders were transported to the Harford County Detention Center and are awaiting review before the District Court Commissioner.
If convicted of these charges they individually face penalties of up to 64 years imprisonment and/or $91,000 in fines.