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    Post DC area-Serial Arsons

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A sixth fire was linked conclusively Tuesday
    to a serial arsonist operating in and around the nation's capital,
    and officials said they have expanded the list of suspicious fires
    that might be connected.
    Investigators are looking at 24 blazes - 14 in Washington and 10
    in neighboring Prince George's County, Md. The fires began March 5
    and have killed an elderly woman and injured seven people.
    The fires were set late at night in residential dwellings and
    involved some form of liquid accelerant to fuel the blaze. The
    latest conclusively linked to the arsonist, in which nobody was
    hurt, occurred June 20 at a home in Chapel Oaks, Md. Two other
    fires were added Tuesday to the list of suspicious fires.
    "It remains a possibility that other fires that are similar in
    nature will be on that list," Ronald Blackwell, chief of the
    Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services
    Department, said at a news conference in suburban Largo, Md.
    The blazes have residents on edge in a large area of the capital
    region, which spent three nerve-racking weeks last October as
    police sought snipers killing at random. Two men are charged with
    20 apparently random shootings, in which 13 people died.
    Betty Adams, who lives the area of Washington where seven
    suspicious fires occurred, said Tuesday she is "frightened to
    death."
    "I don't sleep at night much because you just never know where
    he or she is going to strike next," Adams said.
    Officials had town meetings Monday and Tuesday nights to share
    information about the investigation and pass out fire prevention
    kits. A $20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to
    an arrest and conviction.
    "In some cases, people are reluctant to speak to investigators
    about some things that they may know," Blackwell said.
    He said investigators have yet to come up with a profile of the
    arsonist. "We don't know if they are young or old or male or
    female," Blackwell said.
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been
    called in to help with the investigation.
    ---
    Associated Press Writer Ron Vample contributed to this report.

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    Post Montgomery County, MD

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Fire investigators in Montgomery County,
    Md., said Friday that 24 suspicious blazes in the county are not
    linked to a rash of arsons in neighboring Prince George's County,
    Md., and Washington, D.C.
    "We're very concerned about the pattern of arson that is
    occurring," said Gordon Aoyagi, Fire Administrator of the
    Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.
    The 24 blazes in Washington and Prince George's considered
    similar in nature have involved occupied dwellings in poorer
    neighborhoods. Six of those fires are conclusively linked to one
    another.
    However, the Montgomery fires have been on school properties,
    parkland, or in brush near unoccupied areas. They occurred chiefly
    in the North Potomac-Darnestown area, an affluent section of the
    county about 20 miles north of Washington.
    "We believe juveniles may be involved," Aoyagi said.
    Montgomery investigators are checking with counterparts in
    northern Virginia and elsewhere in Maryland, but see no reason to
    widen the inquiry, said Prince George's County Fire and Emergency
    Medical Services Department Chief Ronald Blackwell.
    Damage estimates in Montgomery County have totaled about
    $750,000 since April. Five schools and a daycare facility have been
    damaged.
    "We have very little physical evidence," said Asst. Fire
    Marshal Brian Geraci.
    "We're very fortunate we have not had any injuries," said
    Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.
    Meanwhile, an arson investigation task force organized by
    officials in Prince George's and Washington continues working with
    analysts from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
    Explosives to determine whether 18 other fires in their
    jurisdictions can be conclusively linked to the probe with
    scientific evidence.
    "We're still looking at other fires going back several
    months," Blackwell said.
    A $1,000 reward is being offered in the Montgomery County
    investigation, while there is a $20,000 reward in the D.C. and
    Prince George's fires.
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    Investigation continues into 24 suspicious fires


    (College Park-AP) -- There's no suspect yet. But Prince George's
    County Fire Chief Ron Blackwell says investigators have developed
    geographical and behavioral profiles.
    Fourteen fires in Washington D-C and ten in Prince George's are
    considered similar in nature. Six of them have been conclusively
    linked to one another.
    Speaking in College Park this afternoon, Blackwell said
    investigators have also gotten help from the state arson task force
    and the state fire marshal's office.
    He says at this point, no other suspicious fires have been
    linked. But the chief adds that investigators in the lab are taking
    their time to make sure the evidence is irrefutable.

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    By MICHAEL W. KAHN
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - A man who lives in an apartment building that
    has been the scene of three suspicious fires was arrested Tuesday
    and charged with starting one of them.
    Paul M. DuBois, 57, was arrested at his fourth-floor home in the
    Marina View Towers in Southwest Washington. Officials said he was
    charged with arson for an early morning blaze July 23.
    "The whole hallway was drenched in an ignitable liquid. Several
    containers full of an ignitable liquid were left on the floor,"
    said Alan Etter, spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire and
    Emergency Medical Services Department.
    DuBois suffered minor burns in the fire.
    "They had no evidence," said Greg Lattimer, DuBois' lawyer.
    "It's just the fact that the District of Columbia needed to
    respond to this situation."
    Officials are also investigating other fires in the building. On
    the night of June 26, a flammable liquid was poured on several
    fifth-floor doors and ignited. Two residents and a firefighter were
    injured. On July 6, a fourth-floor carpet and door were ignited
    with a flammable liquid early in the morning, but no one was hurt.
    On June 27, flammable liquid was poured on the fourth floor, but
    never ignited.
    During the investigation, fire code violations - including lack
    of a working smoke alarm - were discovered in the building. The
    owners were fined $3,000.
    Meanwhile, investigators are also looking into a series of
    suspicious fires in the area - 14 in Washington and 10 in Prince
    George's County, Md.
    "The fire at Marina Towers on which the arrest was based has
    some similarities" to those 24 fires, said Chief Ronald Blackwell
    of the Prince George's County Fire and Rescue Service.
    DuBois has not been linked to any of the 24 fires or the other
    incidents in his building.
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    Associated Press Writer Derrill Holly contributed to this
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - Arson investigators added a Tuesday morning
    fire to the list of 31 unsolved cases in the Washington area they
    believe are linked to the same unknown suspect or group.
    "The time of day, the location of the fire on the outside of
    the structure and the materials used - in this case a container and
    ignitable fluid - this case is conclusively linked," said Prince
    George's County fire chief Ronald D. Blackwell.
    A joint task force, primarily composed of arson investigators
    from Prince George's County and the District of Columbia, has been
    coordinating the investigation of the suspicious fires. The group
    has conclusively linked 10 fires and one attempted arson through
    physical evidence collected at the scenes.
    Since March 5 there have been 18 arsons and one attempted fire
    set in the district, and 12 arsons in Prince George's, all of which
    are considered similar in nature.
    "Because of the nature of the crime and the need for us to be
    thorough in our analysis, solving these cases is going to take some
    time," said Blackwell.
    The latest blaze occurred at a home in Northeast Washington
    around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. A resident of the home was awake at the
    time, smelled the smoke and quickly sprayed water on the flames
    after summoning firefighters. A dog trained to sniff out arson
    evidence was brought to the scene.
    "She was engaged early on in this to detect the presence of any
    ignitable liquids. She did alert several times," said Alan Etter,
    spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services
    Department.
    Over the past few months, arson investigators from both
    jurisdictions have been working with federal, state and local
    authorities in the district and suburban Maryland to try to
    identify a suspect. More than 300 leads have been pursued, but no
    arrests have been made.
    "We've got physical evidence and we've conducted a lot of
    interviews, but in these types of cases it's generally a tip from
    the public that gets these cases solved," said Blackwell.
    Profilers believe the suspect has engaged in alcohol abuse and
    reckless driving. He may also have a criminal history, a penchant
    for lying and problems taking responsibility for conditions in his
    life. A reward of $25,000 has been established for information
    leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.
    Forensic investigators at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
    Firearms and Explosives continue to conduct research on evidence
    collected at the scene of many of the fires.
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    List of 31 suspicious fires being investigated, including one
    attempted arson. There are 19 in the District of Columbia and 12 in
    Prince George's County, Md. An asterisk (*) means it is one of the
    eleven fires conclusively linked to one another. Source: Prince
    George's Fire/EMS.
    D.C.:
    March 5: 1700 D St., SE
    March 25: 2030 Jasper Road, SE
    May 15: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
    May 17: 3367 Alden Place, NE
    May 20: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
    May 22: 105 53rd Street, NE
    June 5: 2800 Evarts Street, NE -- killed Lou Edna Jones, 86.
    June 5: 1415 Ames Place, NE
    June 9: 2500 N Street, SE
    June 10: 5038 Drake Place, SE
    June 25: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW (*)
    June 25: 1901 13th Street, NW
    June 30: 2500 Randolph Street, NE
    July 2: 300 block of 17th Street, SE
    Sep. 8: 200 block of Quakenbos Street, NW (*)
    Sep. 10: 4700 block of Dix Street, NE (*)
    Sep. 14: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE (*) -- attempted arson, suspect
    chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8: 1300 block of Otis St., NE
    Nov. 11: 1700 block of 24th St., NE (*)

    Prince George's:

    April 1: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill.
    April 20: 5700 Jay Street, Fairmount Heights
    May 27: 2900 St. Claire Drive, Marlow Heights
    May 29: 1226 Benning Road, Capitol Heights
    June 13: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights (*)
    June 17: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
    June 17: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights (*)
    June 19: 2916 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
    June 20: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks (*)
    June 21: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights (*)
    June 22: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights (*)
    Sep. 4: 5100 block of Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill (*)



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    Post 11/17

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The serial arsonist who has set more than 30
    fires at homes in the District of Columbia and Prince George's
    County, Md., is believed to have struck in Alexandria, Va., the
    head of the Arson Task Force said Monday.
    Investigators believe a Sunday morning fire at a house in the
    4400 block of Braddock Road is similar to 12 arsons in Prince
    George's and 18 arsons and an attempted arson in the district, said
    Prince George's Fire/EMS Chief Ronald Blackwell.
    "It's based on the time of day the fire occurred (between
    midnight and 6 a.m.), the location of the fire - outside the
    structure - and because we believe an ignitable fluid was used,"
    said Blackwell.
    No one was injured in the Alexandria fire, which was set at
    about 4:50 a.m. and quickly put out. Alexandria fire officials
    notified the Arson Task Force on Monday afternoon, and evidence
    from the scene was sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
    and Explosives. Blackwell did not know if anyone at the home got a
    look at the person who started it.
    The fires are believed to have started on March 5. An
    86-year-old woman was killed in a June 5 fire in Northeast
    Washington. Investigators have conclusively linked 11 of the fires,
    based on evidence at each scene.
    This was the first time the arsonist has struck outside
    Washington, D.C., and Prince George's County, but Blackwell said
    the development didn't surprise him.
    Federal, state and local authorities are working with the task
    force to identify a suspect. They have pursued more than 300 leads,
    but no arrests have been made.
    "We've got physical evidence and we've conducted a lot of
    interviews, but in these types of cases it's generally a tip from
    the public that gets these cases solved," said Blackwell.
    The chief made a televised appeal to the arsonist last month to
    contact the sniper task force, but so far, no one has called
    claiming to be the person investigators are seeking, Blackwell
    said.
    Investigators believe the person setting the fires has been seen
    only once, when he tried to set a fire Sept. 14 on Anacostia Avenue
    in Northeast Washington. A resident in that home saw someone
    pouring flammable liquid on the porch and chased a man away before
    he could start a fire. Investigators used a description provided by
    the resident to develop a composite sketch.
    The ATF has also developed a profile of the arsonist, though
    officials stress that no one should be ruled out if they don't fit
    the description exactly. The characteristics include possible
    alcohol abuse, reckless or unsafe work practices, blaming others
    for his problems and frequent lying.
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    Post VA case added

    Here is a list of 32 cases being investigated as suspicious
    fires. There have been 18 fires in the District of Columbia, 12
    fires in Prince George's County, Md., and one fire in Alexandria,
    Va. There was also one attempted arson in the district. An asterisk
    (*) means it is one of the 11 cases conclusively linked to one
    another.

    D.C.:

    March 5: 1700 D St. S.E
    March 25: 2030 Jasper Road S.E.
    May 15: 4026 Southern Ave. S.E.
    May 17: 3367 Alden Place N.E.
    May 20: 1737 Trinidad Ave. N.E.
    May 22: 105 53rd St. N.E.
    June 5: 2800 Evarts St. N.E. - killed Lou Edna Jones, 86.
    June 5: 1415 Ames Place N.E.
    June 9: 2500 N St. S.E.
    June 10: 5038 Drake Place S.E.
    June 25: 4920 North Capitol St. N.W. (*)
    June 25: 1901 13th St. N.W.
    June 30: 2500 Randolph St. N.E.
    July 2: 300 block of 17th St. S.E.
    Sep. 8: 200 block of Quakenbos St. N.W. (*)
    Sep. 10: 4700 block of Dix St. N.E. (*)
    Sep. 14: 4115 Anacostia Ave. N.E. (*) -- attempted arson,
    suspect chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8: 1300 block of Otis St. NE
    Nov. 11: 1700 block of 24th St. N.E .(*)

    Prince George's:

    April 1: 1500 block of Mystic Ave., Oxon Hill.
    April 20: 5700 Jay St., Fairmount Heights
    May 27: 2900 St. Claire Drive, Marlow Heights
    May 29: 1226 Benning Road, Capitol Heights
    June 13: 3808 Ellis St., Boulevard Heights (*)
    June 17: 924 Abel Ave., Capitol Heights
    June 17: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights (*)
    June 19: 2916 Southern Ave., Capitol Heights
    June 20: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks (*)
    June 21: 2406 Wintergreen Ave., District Heights (*)
    June 22: 1505 Ruston Ave., District Heights (*)
    Sep. 4: 5100 block of Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill (*)

    Alexandria:

    Nov. 16: 4400 block of West Braddock Road

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - Investigators believe a serial arsonist who
    has set more than 30 fires in the Washington area struck early
    Saturday morning in New Carrollton, Md.
    The Arson Task Force linked the fire in the 5700 block of 83rd
    Place to 12 other arsons in Prince George's County, 18 arsons and
    an attempted arson in the District of Columbia and an arson in
    Alexandria, Va., Prince George's Fire/EMS Chief Ronald Blackwell
    said.
    Investigators made the arson determination based on the fire
    occurring overnight, being outside the house and other physical
    evidence Blackwell declined to identify.
    The small fire was set with an ignitable fluid on the side of a
    garage attached to a one-story house around 4:30 a.m, Blackwell
    said. It was quickly extinguished, and the two men inside escaped
    unharmed.
    Since March 5, 33 fires have been identified as similar in
    nature, and 13 have now been conclusively linked based on physical
    evidence, fire officials said. An 86-year-old woman was killed in a
    June 5 fire in Northeast Washington.
    Debris and other evidence from the scene of the New Carrollton
    fire has been sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
    Explosives lab.
    Investigators canvassed the neighborhood Saturday where the
    latest fire occurred, hoping residents could provide clues.
    Earlier this year, they released a composite sketch of the
    arsonist based on a description by a Northeast Washington resident,
    who chased away a man pouring flammable liquid on a porch.
    The ATF has also developed a profile of the arsonist. The
    characteristics include possible alcohol abuse, reckless or unsafe
    work practices, blaming others for his problems and frequent lying.
    Blackwell said stress also may have triggered the arsonist.
    "We're certainly in the midst of the holiday season, and
    they're good stresses and bad stresses that are going on now that
    may have caused the individual to act out." he added.
    Blackwell said he's not frustrated that they haven't made an
    arrest.
    "We continue to be energized because we believe we're on the
    right track and getting closer, but there is an ongoing need for
    the public's involvement," he added.
    Investigators have posted a $25,000 reward for information
    leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.
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    Post January 23rd, 2004

    (Washington-AP) -- D-C Fire and E-M-S says it's too early to try
    to make any links to a long list of other arson cases, but there's
    a report of a man setting fire to a woman's door this evening on
    Franklin Street. He then fled.
    Fire and E-M-S spokesman Alan Etter cautions against making any
    links now to 33 arson fires and one attempted arson that have taken
    place in D-C, Prince George's County and Alexandria. He points out
    that the Franklin Street fire was sparked at a different time of
    day and in a different corridor, when compared with the other
    blazes.
    Investigators say a fire in Bladensburg this morning appears to
    be the work of a serial arsonist who has been targeting homes in
    the Washington region since last March. That fire began around
    three this morning, when investigators say someone used an
    accelerant in the hallway of a garden-style apartment building in
    the 34-hundred block of 55th Avenue.

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    Here is the list of 34 cases being investigated. There have been
    18 fires and one attempted arson in the District of Columbia, 14
    fires in Prince George's County, Md., and one fire in Alexandria,
    Va. An asterisk (*) means it is one of the 13 cases conclusively
    linked to one another.

    Washington, D.C.:

    March 5: 1700 D St. SE
    March 25: 2030 Jasper Road SE
    May 15: 4026 Southern Ave. SE
    May 17: 3367 Alden Place NE
    May 20: 1737 Trinidad Ave. NE
    May 22: 105 53rd St. NE
    June 5: 2800 Evarts Street NE - killed Lou Edna Jones, 86
    June 5: 1415 Ames Place NE
    June 9: 2500 N St. SE
    June 10: 5038 Drake Place SE
    June 25: 4920 North Capitol St. NW (*)
    June 25: 1901 13th St. NW
    June 30: 2500 Randolph St. NE
    July 2: 300 block of 17th Street SE
    Sep. 8: 200 block of Quakenbos Street NW (*)
    Sep. 10: 4700 block of Dix Street NE (*)
    Sep. 14: 4115 Anacostia Ave. NE (*) - attempted arson, suspect
    chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8: 1300 block of Otis Street NE
    Nov. 11: 1700 block of 24th Street NE (*)

    Prince George's County, Md.:

    April 1: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill
    April 20: 5700 Jay St., Fairmount Heights
    May 27: 2900 St. Claire Drive, Marlow Heights
    May 29: 1226 Benning Road, Capitol Heights
    June 13: 3808 Ellis St., Boulevard Heights (*)
    June 17: 924 Abel Ave., Capitol Heights
    June 17: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights (*)
    June 19: 2916 Southern Ave., Capitol Heights
    June 20: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks (*)
    June 21: 2406 Wintergreen Ave., District Heights (*)
    June 22: 1505 Ruston Ave., District Heights (*)
    Sep. 4: 5100 block of Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill (*)
    Dec. 20: 5700 block of 83rd Place, New Carrollton (*)
    Jan. 22, 2004: 3814 55th Ave., Bladensburg

    Alexandria, Va.:

    Nov. 16: 4400 block of West Braddock Road (*)

    Source: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department

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    Post 3/4/ Update

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A big reward and hundreds of tips haven't led
    to an arrest of the arsonist responsible for up to 35 fires around
    the nation's capital that have killed one person and injured 10.
    The fires, which began a year ago, have shaken residents in
    parts of the area that in the past 2 years has seen a terrorist
    attack, anthrax letters and sniper shootings.
    "It's a very scary situation," District of Columbia Councilman
    Vincent Orange said. Several of the fires have occurred in his
    ward, and constituents have expressed concerns at community
    meetings.
    "I tell them the arsonist has a pattern of doing this between
    the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., and so we need to be vigilant and
    have a dog or something that can make noise," Orange said.
    Since a telephone tip line was established last July, more than
    500 calls and e-mails offering information have been received. A
    sketch of a possible suspect began circulating last month,
    prompting 150 new tips but no arrests.
    Profilers say the suspect is likely to be angry or troubled.
    Studies of serial arsonists have found them to be skilled liars
    capable of being charming, manipulative and cunning. They also are
    quick to blame others for problems in their personal or
    professional lives.
    "Somebody out there knows this person, and they know that they
    are out those times of night or early morning when the fires are
    occurring," said Victor Stagnero, lead arson investigator for the
    Prince George's County, Md., Fire and Emergency Medical Services
    Department.
    Since March 8, there have been 18 fires in Washington and 17 in
    areas that border the city, mainly Prince George's County. An
    86-year-old woman was killed in one of the blazes.
    The last two fires considered similar enough in nature to be
    added to the list were Feb. 6 in Fairfax, Va., and Feb. 14 in
    Silver Spring, Md.
    Nearly a dozen residents of homes that have been damaged
    declined to discuss the fires, although some acknowledged they are
    concerned that no arrests have been made. Authorities are advising
    people to remain alert, keep their porch lights on at night, and
    consider installing motion-activated lighting on their property.
    "We certainly need people to be vigilant if we're going to
    catch this guy," Washington Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said.
    Solving an arson is not easy. According to FBI statistics, only
    16 percent of arson investigations end in arrests. To spur tips, a
    $35,000 reward has been established for information leading to the
    arrest of a suspect for the Washington-area fires.
    Investigators also have consulted with Seattle authorities,
    where scores of arsons in four counties a decade ago were linked to
    a single suspect. Paul Kenneth Keller, then 27, pleaded guilty to
    setting 32 fires and acknowledged setting 44 others. He was
    sentenced to 75 years in prison.
    In the Seattle cases, Keller was recognized by a firefighter who
    found that he resembled two of three sketches released by
    investigators. Keller's father confirmed his identity and informed
    investigators that his son had been caught setting fire to a vacant
    house when he was 8 or 9, and was once fired from a bookkeeper's
    job following a suspicious fire at his desk.
    Washington-area firefighters have gone door to door in some
    neighborhoods where the fires have occurred, distributing sketches
    and urging residents and business owners to be alert for anything
    suspicious.
    "Someone's going to recognize the profile information and the
    sketch we've put out, and be able to help us lock this person up,"
    Stagnero said.
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    Witnesses say man who posed as fire official resembles arson
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    (Lanham-AP) -- A man posing as a Prince George's County fire
    investigator attempted to get personnel information from an
    elementary school before being turned away.
    Some witnesses describe the man as resembling the sketch of the
    serial arsonist who has set dozens of fires in Washington D-C,
    Maryland, and Virginia over the last year.
    The incident happened yesterday morning at Magnolia Elementary
    School on Nightingale Drive in Lanham.
    Prince George's fire spokesman Mark Brady says the man showed
    some type of fire department I-D card, and asked to see personnel
    records. He left when administrators refused his request. They then
    called authorities.
    Brady says investigators are working closely with the school
    district's security officials, and have warned all schools to be
    extra cautious.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - A suspect was arrested Wednesday on charges of
    impersonating a fire official at a suburban school. But while
    authorities admitted he looks like the man in the serial arsonist
    sketch, they stressed that investigation was not over.
    "He does resemble the individual in the sketch, but it's
    important to remember that the charges are only related to what
    happened at the school," Chief Ronald D. Blackwell of the Prince
    George's County, Md., Fire/EMS Department said Wednesday night.
    "I'm certainly encouraged, but there's still a lot of work to be
    done," Blackwell said of the hunt for the arsonist wanted for
    setting fires in the nation's capital and its suburbs.
    The unidentified 33-year-old man was arrested at a Riverdale
    Heights, Md., apartment complex as he was getting into a white
    Volvo.
    "We appreciate the public involvement in this. We received a
    number of tips about the Volvo," Blackwell said. The car was seen
    Monday at Magnolia Elementary School in Lanham, Md., where the
    suspect allegedly claimed to be a fire inspector and asked for
    records including a list of employees, a school evacuation plan and
    a yearbook. School officials refused to comply and the man left.
    On Tuesday evening, a teacher at Thomas Johnson Middle School -
    also in Lanham - was confronted in her classroom by a man who tried
    to touch her shoulder. She got away and left the building. The
    teacher later saw a report about Monday's case and told
    investigators that man also resembled the sketch of the arsonist.
    Blackwell is one of the leaders of the Arson Task Force, which
    is investigating the 35 fires and one attempted arson dating back
    to March 8, 2003. He said the investigation into the Tuesday
    incident remained open.
    Both cases had Prince George's County Public Schools officials
    moving to beef up security. Measures being taken include "locking
    doors that may not normally be locked, and being more vigilant
    about monitoring visitors," said school system spokeswoman Lynn
    McCawley. She said neither school had security cameras.
    "It's hard to tell what to make of it, I really don't know, but
    it's really frightening," Thomas Johnson Middle School Principal
    Melvin Johnson told WRC-TV. "I've told the staff and students that
    we will be on lockdown until further notice."
    Since last March, there have been 18 fires and one attempted
    arson in the District of Columbia, 14 fires in Prince George's, and
    one each in Montgomery County, Md., Alexandria, Va., and Fairfax
    County, Va. Of the 36 cases, 15 have been conclusively linked to
    one another. The others are considered similar enough in nature to
    be included among the blazes being investigated by the task force.
    A June 5, 2003 fire in Northeast Washington killed Lou Edna
    Jones, 86.
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    Here is the list of 36 cases being investigated. There have been
    18 fires and one attempted arson in the District of Columbia, 14
    fires in Prince George's County, Md., 1 fire in Alexandria, Va., 1
    fire in Fairfax County, Va., and 1 fire in Montgomery County, Md.
    An asterisk (*) means it is one of the 15 cases conclusively
    linked to one another.

    District of Columbia:

    March 8, 2003: 1700 D St., SE
    March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Road, SE
    May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
    May 17, 2003: 3367 Alden Place, NE
    May 20, 2003: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
    May 22, 2003: 105 53rd Street, NE
    June 5, 2003: 2800 Evarts Street, NE - killed Lou Edna Jones, 86
    June 5, 2003: 1415 Ames Place, NE
    June 9,2003: 2500 N Street, SE
    June 10, 2003: 5038 Drake Place, SE
    June 25, 2003: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW (*)
    June 25, 2003: 1901 13th Street, NW
    June 30, 2003: 2500 Randolph Street, NE
    July 2, 2003: 300 block of 17th Street, SE
    Sep. 8, 2003: 200 block of Quakenbos Street, NW (*)
    Sep. 10, 2003: 4700 block of Dix Street, NE (*)
    Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE (*) -- attempted arson,
    suspect chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8, 2003: 1300 block of Otis St., NE (*)
    Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE (*)

    Prince George's County, Md.:

    April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill.
    April 20, 2003: 5700 Jay Street, Fairmount Heights
    May 27, 2003: 2900 St. Claire Drive, Marlow Heights
    May 29, 2003: 1226 Benning Road, Capitol Heights
    June 13, 2003: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights (*)
    June 17, 2003: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
    June 17, 2003: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights
    (*)
    June 19, 2003: 2916 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
    June 20, 2003: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks (*)
    June 21, 2003: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights (*)
    June 22, 2003: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights (*)
    Sep. 4, 2003: 5100 block of Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill (*)
    Dec. 20, 2003: 5700 block of 83rd Place, New Carrollton (*)
    Jan. 22, 2004: 3814 55th Avenue, Bladensburg (*)

    Alexandria, Va.:

    Nov. 16, 2003: 4400 block of West Braddock Road (*)

    Fairfax County, Va.:

    Feb. 6, 2004: 7100 block of Richmond Highway (Alexandria section
    of county)

    Montgomery County, Md.:

    Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring

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    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A man arrested by members of a task force
    probing a rash of suspicious fires in the Washington, D. C. area
    was held without bond Thursday.
    But Noel Gibson does not face charges connected to any of the
    fires.
    "Mr. Gibson is charged only with making a false statement,"
    said Asst. U. S. Attorney Mythili Raman.
    Gibson, 33, was arrested Wednesday in Riverside, Md., in
    connection with an incident that occurred March 29 at Magnolia
    Elementary School in Lanham, Md. He allegedly identified himself as
    a fire investigator and asked questions about personnel, school
    evacuation procedures and other matters.
    According to Raman, Gibson has several outstanding warrants and
    was in violation of probation at the time of his arrest.
    "The defendant represents a flight risk in this case," said
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Jillyn K. Schulze.
    A detention hearing has been set for April 5, and Schulze
    appointed a public defender to represent Gibson in connection with
    the federal charge.
    According to the arrest affidavit, Gibson "knowingly made a
    false, fictitious and fraudulent statement," to an arson task
    force investigator. He allegedly told detective Brian Padgett of
    the Prince George's Police Department that he was Haywood Phillip
    Marshall of the Fairfax County Fire Department.
    Investigators also have a search warrant allowing them to seek
    any fire setting materials, maps or other items which might link
    Gibson or his vehicle to any of the 35 suspicious fires now under
    their jurisdiction.
    Gibson's white Volvo is now at the ATF laboratory in Rockville,
    Md., According to the affidavit, a Prince George's Fire and
    Emergency Medical Services coat, a shoulder patch from the Hillside
    Volunteer Fire Department, and several business cards and an
    identification card belonging to a Prince George's firefighter have
    been found.
    Both firefighters whose identities Gibson is suspected of using
    are arson investigators. Gibson appeared in court wearing a frayed
    dark blue T-shirt with a fire department insignia over the left
    breast.
    Of six witnesses who saw the man who visited Magnolia Elementary
    School in Lanham, two have positively identified Gibson and four
    others said Gibson's photo resembled the man they saw at the
    school. Gibson has not been charged in connection with the Magnolia
    incident, and the work of the arson task force is continuing.
    "We still have active leads to follow up," said Prince
    George's Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell who had led the investigation
    since the first of several suspicious fires occurred in March 2003.
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    By DERRILL HOLLY
    Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Faced with a rash of suspicious fires at
    several of the city's high schools, officials with the District of
    Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department spent
    Friday morning providing fire prevention training to contract
    security guards.
    "This training is in direct response to the fires," said Lucy
    Young, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Public Schools. Although the
    school system's security director was aware of the session held at
    Ballou High School, Young said it only involved personnel from
    Watkins Security Services.
    "The schools are trying to balance security with safety," said
    Alan Etter, a fire department spokesman. About 300 Watkins
    employees heard the city's fire marshal offer tips on how to
    recognize potentially hazardous conditions, and help investigators
    identify suspects when a suspicious fire occurs.
    "Removing trash cans from isolated areas can lessen the
    opportunity that anyone would have to start a fire and potentially
    hurt somebody," Etter said. Although school fires occur throughout
    the year, Etter said officials see an increase when the weather is
    warmer, particularly late in the school year.
    Fire officials approached Watkins last month, after a series of
    fires broke out at several of the city's high schools. Over 10 days
    beginning March 19, there were six fires at Eastern High School. At
    least two people required medical treatment following a fire at
    Eastern on March 29. In recent weeks, there also have been fires
    reported at Ballou and Cardozo high schools, and several other
    buildings.
    "A 15-year-old boy confessed to setting the fire at Ballou, and
    he was arrested," said Etter, adding that investigators work with
    prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's office and the D.C. Office of
    Corporation Council to pursue cases against suspects when they can
    be identified.
    "Arson cases are very difficult because most of the physical
    evidence is destroyed by the nature of the crime," said Etter.
    Investigators hope that videotape from security cameras and an
    increased awareness among security guards will lead to more
    arrests.
    A March 15 fire in a LaFayette Elementary storage area caused
    $200,000 damage and has kept the building closed for three weeks.
    Although an exact cause has not been determined, investigators have
    said there is a possibility that it was deliberately set.
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    Man accused of impersonating fire official arraigned

    (Greenbelt-AP) -- A man authorities say impersonated a fire
    inspector in a Lanham, Maryland school was less than cooperative
    during his arraignment in a federal court today.
    Noel Gibson ultimately pleaded the Fifth at his arraignment in
    Greenbelt federal court.
    But he initially ignored several requests to state his name --
    instead making various comments to the judge about acting on his
    own behalf and asking if she'd gotten the affidavit he'd sent the
    court.
    His lawyer asked for a recess to speak to his client. A
    half-hour later, the lawyer told the court that Gibson would invoke
    his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
    Gibson's trial on a charge of making a false statement to a
    federal investigator is set for June 22nd. The judge entered an
    innocent plea on Gibson's behalf.
    Gibson has not been charged in connection with more than 30
    arson cases in the D-C, Maryland and Virginia. But investigators
    have yet to rule him out as a suspect.

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    TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) - This is Arson Awareness Week, and the
    annual event is taking on a greater importance this year in the
    Washington area, where a serial arsonist remains on the loose.
    Since March 8, 2003, there have been 36 fires and one attempted
    arson considered similar in nature in the District of Columbia,
    suburban Maryland and northern Virginia. The last fire occurred in
    April 16, about two months after a Valentine's Day blaze.
    "Sixty days between fires certainly makes it a little more
    difficult for the investigators, but we continue to receive
    leads," Prince George's County Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said
    Thursday. Blackwell heads the Arson Task Force investigating the
    cases, 15 of which have been conclusively linked, though since Feb.
    2004, they have stopped making conclusive links.
    The incidents represent only a fraction of the workload that
    arson investigators in the region have been handling in recent
    months. Arson cases involving teenagers are also increasing.
    Since early April, four juveniles under 17 have been charged in
    Prince George's County. The arrests of two others are pending in
    connection with separate fires at schools and a home, Blackwell
    said.
    On Thursday, Blackwell joined Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom
    Carr for an assembly at Rolling Terrace Elementary School, telling
    many of the school's 730 students that children just a few years
    older than them have been getting into some very serious trouble.
    "We've had to arrest some children and take them to jail for
    setting fires," said Blackwell. The words were not meant to
    frighten the children, but both Blackwell and Carr agreed that
    reinforcing the messages that starting fires is a dangerous crime
    could help prevent such acts in the future.
    "A number of our fire setters have been juveniles," said Pete
    Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman. In
    the past few years, 50 percent of those charged with arson in the
    county have been under 18.
    At Sherwood High School, a computer lab was vandalized and set
    ablaze Feb. 15, causing $15,000 in damage. A juvenile has pleaded
    guilty in that case, but other similar cases have remained
    unsolved.
    The Phoenix II school for students with special needs in
    Gaithersburg, Md., was destroyed by arson on May 6, 2001. The fire
    caused more than $1 million in damage and displaced 45 students.
    Although the incident has been labeled a cold case, investigators
    used the anniversary to solicit new leads.
    "We know somebody knows what happened, and we're hoping that
    time has helped them make the decision to come forward and help us
    solve this case," Piringer said.
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    Here is the list of 37 cases being investigated. There have been
    18 fires and one attempted arson in the District of Columbia, 15
    fires in Prince George's County, Md., 1 fire in Alexandria, Va., 1
    fire in Fairfax County, Va., and 1 fire in Montgomery County, Md.
    An asterisk (*) means it is one of the 15 cases conclusively
    linked to one another. However, since February 2004, the Arson Task
    Force has stopped conclusively linking cases, and simply adds them
    to the list of cases being investigated.

    District of Columbia:

    March 8, 2003: 1700 D St., SE
    March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Road, SE
    May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
    May 17, 2003: 3367 Alden Place, NE
    May 20, 2003: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
    May 22, 2003: 105 53rd Street, NE
    June 5, 2003: 2800 Evarts Street, NE - killed Lou Edna Jones, 86
    June 5, 2003: 1415 Ames Place, NE
    June 9,2003: 2500 N Street, SE
    June 10, 2003: 5038 Drake Place, SE
    June 25, 2003: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW (*)
    June 25, 2003: 1901 13th Street, NW
    June 30, 2003: 2500 Randolph Street, NE
    July 2, 2003: 300 block of 17th Street, SE
    Sep. 8, 2003: 200 block of Quakenbos Street, NW (*)
    Sep. 10, 2003: 4700 block of Dix Street, NE (*)
    Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE (*) -- attempted arson,
    suspect chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8, 2003: 1300 block of Otis St., NE (*)
    Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE (*)

    Prince George's County, Md.:

    April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill.
    April 20, 2003: 5700 Jay Street, Fairmount Heights
    May 27, 2003: 2900 St. Claire Drive, Marlow Heights
    May 29, 2003: 1226 Benning Road, Capitol Heights
    June 13, 2003: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights (*)
    June 17, 2003: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
    June 17, 2003: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights
    (*)
    June 19, 2003: 2916 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
    June 20, 2003: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks (*)
    June 21, 2003: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights (*)
    June 22, 2003: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights (*)
    Sep. 4, 2003: 5100 block of Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill (*)
    Dec. 20, 2003: 5700 block of 83rd Place, New Carrollton (*)
    Jan. 22, 2004: 3814 55th Avenue, Bladensburg (*)
    Apr. 16, 2004: 2400 block of Rosecroft Village Circle East, Oxon
    Hill

    Montgomery County, Md.:

    Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring

    Alexandria, Va.:
    Nov. 16, 2003: 4400 block of West Braddock Road (*)

    Fairfax County, Va.:

    Feb. 6, 2004: 7100 block of Richmond Highway (Alexandria section
    of county)

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    MOUNT RAINIER, Md. (AP) - A suspicious fire in an apartment
    building early Tuesday became the 39th blaze in the past 15 months
    to be investigated by the Washington area's arson task force.
    The blaze broke out in a stairwell between the second and third
    stories of the 1960's era garden-style apartment building in a
    massive complex less than one mile east of Washington.
    "This fire was deliberately set," said Capt. Chauncey Bowers
    of the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services
    Department. He said the building and circumstances are similar to
    other apartment fires on the list.
    Five people were treated for smoke inhalation, including four
    who had to be rescued by firefighters from the third floor.
    Residents were unable to reach a fire extinguisher in the hallway
    because of the smoke and flames.
    "Thank God there was somebody up who was able to see the
    blaze," said Shawanda Hardy, 33, a second floor resident of the
    building.
    She escaped with her husband and children after she was alerted
    by the shouts of neighbors.
    Of the 39 fires under investigation, Tuesday's was the 16th in
    Prince George's County. Investigators believe that 14 fires and one
    attempted arson on the list are conclusively linked.
    A reward of $35,000 has been offered for information leading to
    an arrest and indictment in the cases. Since April, three fires
    have occurred at mid-month. Fourteen of the fires on the list
    occurred last June.
    Most of the fires have occurred in the overnight hours outside
    of occupied dwellings. Although investigators did not immediately
    determine whether a flammable liquid was involved in the latest
    blaze, some residents reported smelling gasoline, Bowers said.
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    Here is the list of 39 cases being investigated by the Arson
    Task Force. There have been 18 fires and one attempted arson in the
    District of Columbia, 16 fires in Prince George's County, Md., one
    fire in Alexandria, Va., two fires in Fairfax County, Va., and one
    fire in Montgomery County, Md.
    An asterisk (.) means it is one of the 15 cases conclusively
    linked to one another. However, since February 2004, the Arson Task
    Force has stopped conclusively linking cases, and simply adds them
    to the list of cases being investigated.
    District of Columbia:
    March 8, 2003: 1700 D St., SE
    March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Road, SE
    May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
    May 17, 2003: 3367 Alden Place, NE
    May 20, 2003: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
    May 22, 2003: 105 53rd Street, NE
    June 5, 2003: 2800 Evarts Street, NE - killed Lou Edna Jones, 86
    June 5, 2003: 1415 Ames Place, NE
    June 9,2003: 2500 N Street, SE
    June 10, 2003: 5038 Drake Place, SE
    June 25, 2003: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW (.)
    June 25, 2003: 1901 13th Street, NW
    June 30, 2003: 2500 Randolph Street, NE
    July 2, 2003: 300 block of 17th Street, SE
    Sep. 8, 2003: 200 block of Quakenbos Street, NW (.)
    Sep. 10, 2003: 4700 block of Dix Street, NE (.)
    Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE (.) -- attempted arson,
    suspect chased before fire could be started
    Oct. 8, 2003: 1300 block of Otis St., NE (.)
    Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE (.)
    Prince George's County, Md.:
    April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill.
    April 20, 2003: 5700 Jay Street, Fairmount Heights
    May 27, 2003: 2900 St. Claire Drive, Marlow Heights
    May 29, 2003: 1226 Benning Road, Capitol Heights
    June 13, 2003: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights (.)
    June 17, 2003: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
    June 17, 2003: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights
    (.)
    June 19, 2003: 2916 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
    June 20, 2003: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks (.)
    June 21, 2003: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights (.)
    June 22, 2003: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights (.)
    Sep. 4, 2003: 5100 block of Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill (.)
    Dec. 20, 2003: 5700 block of 83rd Place, New Carrollton (.)
    Jan. 22, 2004: 3814 55th Avenue, Bladensburg (.)
    June 15, 2004: 4200 block of Russell Avenue, Mount Rainier
    Montgomery County, Md.:
    Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring
    Alexandria, Va.:
    Nov. 16, 2003: 4400 block of West Braddock Road (.)
    Fairfax County, Va.:
    Feb. 6, 2004: 7100 block of Richmond Highway (Alexandria section
    of county)
    May 13, 2004: 3400 block of Beachcraft Drive (Alexandria section
    of county)
    Source: Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department


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    Fire in vacant apartment complex could be added to task force
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - A suspicious fire at a vacant apartment
    complex in Southeast is being investigated as a possible case of
    arson. The blaze broke out just before eleven p-m at an unoccupied
    complex in the 28-hundred block of Hartford Street, Southeast. The
    blaze broke out in one of the vacant apartments.
    Although investigators from the D-C Fire and Emergency Medical
    Services Department were conducting the preliminary probe, W-U-S-A
    T-V is reporting that the regional arson task force may be asked to
    take a look at the case.
    The task force has been investigating a string of fires that
    have plagued the Washington region since March of last year. Of
    more than 40 suspicious fires they have checked out, 18 cases of
    arson and one attempted arson have occurred in the District.

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    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Members of the Arson Task Force were
    investigating a Fairfax County house fire to see if it was the work
    of the Washington region's serial arsonist.
    Firefighters were called to a single family home in the county's
    Huntington section early Monday. No one was home and there were no
    injuries. About an hour after county fire investigators arrived, a
    decision was made to alert the task force which is investigating
    dozens of other cases.
    "It's still at the very initial stages of the investigation. So
    at this point it's too soon to say anything as far as any type of
    linkage to the serial arsonist," said Mike Campbell, a spokesman
    for the Washington Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol,
    Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF is among the member agencies
    of the task force.
    Thirty-nine cases dating to March 8, 2003, are already being
    investigated by the Arson Task Force. Most are in the District of
    Columbia and neighboring Prince George's County, Md., but there are
    two earlier cases in Fairfax County from February and May of this
    year. There are also cases in Alexandria, Va., and Montgomery
    County, Md.
    The last fire added to the list occurred June 15 in the Mount
    Rainier section of Prince George's. Monday's incident had some
    similarities to many of the other cases, with the fire beginning in
    the early hours of the morning on the outside of the house.
    "Apparently, a neighbor noticed the fire and contacted 911, and
    the neighbor went over and attempted to extinguish the fire," said
    Lt. Raul Castillo, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and
    Rescue Department. He said it began near the front door, about an
    hour after the homeowner left for work. Damage was minimal.
    In February, the task force released a detailed sketch of a
    suspect, based on the description of one witness who was at an
    attempted arson in Northeast Washington on Sept. 14.
    A June 5, 2003, fire in Northeast Washington killed an elderly
    woman.



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    BLADENSBURG, Md. - Prince George's County fire officials say a
    fire set in Bladensburg this morning appears to be the work of the
    serial arsonist.
    Fire and rescue spokesman Mark Brady says the serial arsonists
    task force has been called to the scene. The fire started in the
    stairwell of an apartment building at the Hilltop Manor Apartments
    on 53rd Avenue around 5 a-m.
    Brady says the fire was caused by a flammable liquid, at an
    occupied dwelling, in the early morning hours -- those elements are
    characteristics of the serial arsonist.
    Three residents had to be rescued from their second floor
    apartments. No one was seriously hurt but two people are said to be
    driving themselves to a local hospital for treatment of smoke
    inhalation.
    Brady says the serial arsonists has stuck in Prince George's
    County at least 17 times.


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