- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County firefighters have charged a man with setting a fire that destroyed the apartment building he lived in and injured two firefighters.

Thirty-eight-year-old Brian J. Preissler was charged Sunday with arson, malicious burning and other offenses in Saturday’s fire in Linthicum.

Authorities say the fire in the nine-unit, four-story wood frame building started about 11:10 a.m. Saturday. It took roughly three hours for 45 firefighters from Anne Arundel County and surrounding jurisdictions to battle the blaze. Nine apartments were evacuated.

Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Nine adults and five children were displaced. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

Preissler is being held on $150,000 bail.

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