Man Charged for Starting Rising Sun Garage Fire

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RISING SUN, MD – A man renting a home in Rising Sun intentionally set fire to a car inside the detached garage, according to the Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshal’s office.

At around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, Deputy State Fire Marshals responded to 18 Wilson Road after the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, Inc. extinguished a fire within a detached, two-car garage.

“Firefighters told investigators that when they arrived, they observed the garage and a car inside the garage fully involved. Firefighters also observed the occupant of the home, Aaron William Repsher, 35, standing outside the home but told investigators he walked to a neighbor’s garage after their arrival,” the Fire Marshal’s office reported. “Deputy State Fire Marshals conducted an origin and cause investigation and determined that the fire originated within a 1992 Ford Mustang parked inside the garage, belonging to Repsher’s estranged wife. Investigators located and interviewed Repsher, who told them varying events on when and where he was when the fire started inside the home’s garage that he has rented for the last five years. Neighbors also told investigators that Repsher has been burning items almost every day in the home’s backyard over the last month and told them a pick-up truck parked in the driveway days earlier had sustained fire damage.”

Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested Repsher without incident. He was taken to the Maryland State Police North East barrack, where he was charged with two counts of second-degree arson, two counts of first-degree malicious burning, malicious destruction of property over $1,000, and second-degree malicious burning.

Repsher is currently being held at Cecil County Detention Center without bond.