City homeless man jailed in possible arson

Posted: May 22, 2013

The Winchester Star

Adam Wade Arnold

WINCHESTER — A local homeless man remains behind bars after allegedly setting fire Sunday to a home on Star Fort Drive.

Adam Wade Arnold, 34 — who is charged with arson — appeared via video Tuesday in Frederick County General District Court, where he was granted a $50,000 secured bond.

An official at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center said Tuesday afternoon that Arnold had yet to post bond.

The blaze began around 4 a.m. Sunday at 106 Star Fort Drive, just north of Winchester near Sunnyside.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Arnold admitted in an interview on Monday that he poured gasoline on a lawn mower located under a deck that was attached to the home and set fire to it with a lighter.

Assistant Frederick County Fire Marshal Kenneth Scott said that an elderly woman was home at the time of the fire, but was able to escape.

No injuries were reported.

Scott said a neighbor called in the blaze, which caused about $10,000 to $15,000 worth of damage to the home. He added that part of the deck and the exterior on one side of the home sustained damage.

Scott said that Arnold, who is expected back in court at 2:30 p.m. July 23, knew the victim but would not disclose their relationship.

Units from Millwood Station, Clear Brook, Round Hill and Gainesboro volunteer fire and rescue companies and Battalion 10 responded to the fire, in addition to the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com