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Man charged with $200K Md. bar fire

Authorities have arrested a Mechanicsville man and charged him with setting a fire that tore through a La Plata bar on Christmas Day.

It took 49 firefighters from eight volunteer departments about an hour to control a Dec. 25 fire at the Heisman Bar at 6365 Hawthorne Road, according to a press statement from the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Nobody was hurt, authorities said, but the fire caused $200,000 in damage.

Law enforcement officials have arrested James C. Tilley Jr., 24, charging him with setting the fire, authorities said. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000.

-- David P. Marino-Nachison

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  Charles, David P. Marino-Nachison, Fires & Fire Safety  
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