Three members of the Mardela Springs Volunteer Fire Company face arson charges in connection with a fire at a vacant home in Sharptown, a spokesman for the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.
Mardela Springs residents Kyle James Bradley, 22, Joshua Bryant Maddox, 19, and Marcus Edward Whitelock, 28, are accused of using road flares to ignite a March 30 fire on Norris Twilley Road. The fire caused about $500 in damage to the two-story house, which at the time was being used for storage.
“They admitted to … setting the fires because they were bored,” said Joseph G. Zurolo, a deputy state fire marshal.
Authorities also charged Maddox with arson in connection with a fire Sept. 6 at a two-story vacant house in the 200 block of Main Street in Mardela Springs. The fire caused about $100,000 in damage to the home, which was also being used for storage purposes.
The three were being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center as of Thursday night, pending their initial appearance before the court, Zurolo said.
“They’re being looked at for possibly being involved in other fires,” Zurolo said, but he could not say specifically which incidents.
Last year, the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a spate of arsons in the Laurel-Delmar area. The crimes were never solved.
Zurolo said Thursday that he was not aware of the suspects being interviewed by Delaware fire marshal’s deputies.
Doug Jones, Mardela Springs Volunteer Fire Company chief, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
The fire company’s Web Site lists Bradley as a firefighter and Whitelock as serving his probationary period. All fire company members must serve one year under a probationary status before becoming an official firefighter.
Zurolo said investigators aren’t sure if the men helped fight the fires they are accused of starting.
“In the past, firefighters who go out to set fires end up responding to help the fires. But we don’t know if that’s the case here,” he said.
The charges filed against Bradley aren’t his first brush with the law, court records show.
In November 2008, the District Court for Wicomico County placed charges on the inactive docket that claimed he had been found carrying a dangerous concealed weapon.