Two charged with malicious burning in Denton

Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested two people Friday, July 12, in connection with an intentionally-set fire near 10240 River Landing Road in Denton. 

DENTON — Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested two people Friday, July 12, in connection with an intentionally-set fire in Denton.

According to the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, James Hughes III, 18, of Denton, and a 17-year-old Denton boy were both charged with second-degree malicious burning, four counts of reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property less than $1,000 for allegedly intentionally setting fire to Leonard Lau's clothing within close proximity to an occupied dwelling. 

Fire officials said at 5:59 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, Denton Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to 10240 River Landing Road for a reported odor of gas. Firefighters discovered the fire damaged remnants of clothing located in the yard of the home and requested the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Fire officials said Deputy State Fire Marshals conducted an investigation and determined the suspects were responsible for intentionally setting fire to the clothing.

Hughes III was released on a $5,000 bond. The juvenile was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services and released to the custody of his guardian.

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