Taneytown Man Charged With Arson

He’s accused of setting multiple fires in a basement,

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged a Taneytown man with 1st-degree arson and two counts reckless endangerment for allegedly setting fire to his home earlier in the week. Jordan Israel Redding, 20, remains incarcerated at the Carroll County Detention Center on no-bond status.

Investigators say Redding is accused of setting two fires in a basement at 31 York Street in Taneytown on Monday afternoon. He admitted to those offenses after he was arrested, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

About 30-fire fighters from Westminster and surrounding jurisdictions responded at around 1:30 PM on Monday, and put out the flames. Damage from the blaze is estimated at $5,000. Two adult male occupants were able to escape from the house without injury.

If he’s convicted of the charges against him, the Fire Marshal’s Office says Redding could be sentenced to 40-years in prison, and/or be fined up to $60,000.