Md. man facing eviction is charged with arson after he sets house on fire

A Glenn Dale man has been charged with arson for setting fire to a house as deputies were serving him with an eviction warrant last week, authorities said.

Prince George’s county fire investigators, on Friday, charged David Clarence Coley, 53, with arson and malicious burning after he set multiple fires in the house when confronted by sheriff’s deputies on May 1, according to a statement from the fire department.

The man barricaded himself in the house but ran out as it was filling with smoke, according the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office.

After Coley was detained, the fire department arrived at the scene in the 11500 block of Prospect Place at about 10:45 a.m. and extinguished the fire.

The fire caused about $80,000 in damage, and Coley is being held on a $100,000 bond, authorities said.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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