Investigators say he burned down a home from which he had been evicted.
Charges have been filed against a Washington County man for setting fire to a home that he had been recently evicted from. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says Max Eugene Godlove, 50, is charged with 1st-degree arson, 1st-degree malicious burning, reckless endangerment and threat of arson.
He was transported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Central Booking without incident. If he's convicted, Godlove could be sentenced to 50 years in prison, and/or $70,000 in fines, according to the Fire Marshal's Office.
The blaze on Friday, September 21st occurred in the 66-hundred block of Remsburg Road in Sharpsburg at around 7:29 AM. 45 fire fighters took nearly 90-minutes to bring the flames under control. A fire fighter with the Boonsboro Fire Company, Station 6, suffered tar burn injuries to his face and eyes. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center and later transported to the Bayview Burn Center for treatment.
The fire caused $60,000 in damage to the contents and structure.
Investigators say Godlove illegally entered the vacant residence and set the place on fire. Authorities say he told neighbors a month before the fire that he intended to burn down the home.