Woman arrested for arson in Oxon Hill apartment fire

December 16, 2013

A woman, who was rescued from an Oxon Hill apartment fire in November, was arrested last week for setting the blaze, officials said.

Prince George’s County fire investigators arrested 59-year-old Louise Blount on arson charges connected with the Nov. 7 fire that sent her and two others to the hospital.

“We don’t know the motive, but this was a peculiar case in that the suspect was rescued by fire fighters after she set fire to her apartment,” said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County fire department. “We found her near the doorway overcome by smoke and heat.”

Firefighters were called to put out a blaze on the top floor of a three-story apartment building at 2103 Alice Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. When they arrived at the scene, they found Blount unconscious and overcome by smoke, fire officials said.

The fire is estimated to have caused $25,000 in damages and did not spread to any other apartment units, Brady said.

Blount faces three felony charges for arson and malicious burning, and is in jail being held on a $100,000 bond.

If Blount is convicted of setting the fire, it would make for an unusual case, Brady said: “Normally you don’t have to rescue the arsonist.”

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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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