Teen Faces Arson Charges in Myersville House Fire

Published 12/31 2013 01:29PM

Updated 12/31 2013 03:49PM

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Investigators with the Frederick County Fire Investigation Task Force say a Myersville teenager is facing arson charges in connection to the Clark Road house fire that left one family without a home. 

Investigators say Joshua Christian Moore, 18, of Myersville, Md., was quickly identified as a possible suspect with the help from concerned neighbors and citizens. Investigators conducted a search and seizure of Moore's home on the 12,500 block of Brandenburg Hollow Road in the early Tuesday morning hours. He was then taken into custody at that time, and transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital for an emergency evaluation. 

According to investigators, Moore is charged with one count of first-degree arson, and one count of first-degree malicious burning. Moore was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon and then taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center where he will be served with the arrest warrant. Moore has not gone in front of a District Court Commissioner at this time, and a bond status has not been released, police say. 

As we've reported, the fire started around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon in the 10,300 block of Clark Road in Myersville. Neighbors tell WHAG the house belonged to a family with two dogs. No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported. 

The Frederick County Fire Investigation Task Force says they are continuing their investigation in to the fire, and are identifying possible witnesses and associates that may have assisted Moore. 

Investigators were seen on the property Tuesday morning with the assistance of Trooper 3 - Aviation Division of the Maryland State Police canvassing the route of travel they believed the suspect took after setting the fire, and searching for evidence they believe was discarded. 

The Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue released their estimated damage to the home at $250,000. 

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