A Bowie volunteer fireman was indicted by a Prince George's County grand jury yesterday on nine charges in connection with three recent suspicious fires in the Bowies area.
Mark A. Mullikan, 20, of 8409 Brady Dr. Bowie, was charged with setting two fires at a building housing two antique shops and a small upholstery store last April and last month, and with setting a third fire at an empty frame house on Duckettown Road in the Bowie-Springfield areain June.
Mullikan was arrested Tuesday night by fire investigators probing a series of fires that has plagued theold Huntington section of Bowie over the past year and a half.
Mullikin was indicted on three counts each of storehouse burning, attempted storehouse burning and destruction of property, according to Assistnat State's Attorney Norman Kinger.
Kinger said that storehouse burning differs from arson in that an arson charge results from a fire at a residential structure.
Millikin, who was freed on bond after his arrest.
Kiger said he would be interviewing several persons "who appear to know something about the fires" during the rest of this week.
"It's an open-ended case," Kiger said. "These people may tell us things that will lead to more arrests."
The first fire Mullikan is accused of setting occurred April 9 at the Fire side Antiques Shop at 13000 9th St. in Bowie. Most of the contents of the store were destroyed.
A second fire July 18 destroyed what remained of Fireside Antiques as well as another antique store, the Tin Shop and George's Upholstery Shop. Damage was estimated at $29,000.
The third fire occurred at 11704 Duckettown Rd. June 6, Kiger said.
There have been three other fire attempts at Bowie antique stores since January 1976.