Man charged with setting fire to Baltimore home

BALTIMORE - A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged after he allegedly set a fire in a row home, injuring three people on Monday, Baltimore City police said.

Jordan Grimes was charged with attempted murder, arson, and other charges related to the fire in the 2800 block of Ridgewood Ave.

Police said officers responded at about 2:45 p.m. to the home for a report of an assault.

When officers arrived, they spoke with a 40 year-old woman who told them her boyfriend had assaulted her with a baseball bat. The suspect, later identified as Grimes, fled the location before officers arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., police and firefighters were called back to the house for a report of a fire.

When officers arrived the home was on fire and there were victims jumping from the roof. Ten people were in the home at the time, including two 3-year-old children and a 1-year-old child.

While everyone on the first floor was able to get out through a back door, three adults on the second floor couldn't escape that way and were forced to jump.

Their injuries were caused by both fire and the fall, police said. Two out of three of the people who jumped remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses gave officers a description of the man responsible for setting the house on fire.

Officers located the suspect in the area, and after a foot chase, took him into custody. Investigators believe there were as many as 10 people inside of the home when the fire started. Three victims remain hospitalized.

At a press conference Tuesday, police said Grimes has a history of domestic violence and is on probation for a domestic violence-related offense involving a different victim. He failed to appear for a hearing in that case Monday.

While the investigation is ongoing, fire officials suspect the blaze was started using gasoline.


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