- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

CALIFORNIA, Md. — Authorities have charged a man with setting a fire at a house in California in St. Mary’s County.

Officials have charged Garrett Wayne Thomas, 20, of Lexington Park with first-degree arson and other offenses.

Investigators say a fire was set about 4 a.m. Friday under the front porch of a two-story, single-family house while a man, his wife and three children slept. The man awoke and was able to put out the fire. There were no injuries.

The blaze caused about $1,000 in damage.

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