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Woman Charged After Setting Piney Point Residence on Fire and Breaking Every Window of Residence

Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged Jesse Marie Russell, 37, after determining she was responsible for intentionally setting curtains on fire in the living room of her Piney Point home on Sunday, May 16, 2021. At approximately 3:30 p.m., deputies with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were driving by the residence in the 46000 block of Crowder Lane in Piney Point, and observed Russell standing in the foyer with flames visible inside the home. A structure fire assignment was then dispatched which alerted crews from Valley Lee, Bay District, Leonardtown, NAS Patuxent River and Hollywood. Deputies stopped and ordered Russell out of the home, where deputies then observed a cigarette lighter in her hand. Deputies extinguished the fire with portable fire extinguishers, and Russell was detained. The Office of the State Fire Marshal was requested to conduct an origin and cause investigation. Firefighters from Valley Lee arrived on the scene and confirmed the fire was extinguished and returned to service in under 30 minutes. No injuries were reported. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office advised they had responded to the same address earlier in the day after a landlord and tenant dispute involving Russell, in which she broke one window […]

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