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Md. firefighter charged with setting his own house ablaze

MIDDLE RIVER — A Baltimore city firefighter has been charged with setting his own house on fire.

Baltimore County police say 33-year-old Joseph Heinze was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree arson.

Police say Heinze set fire to his house in suburban Middle River last year. At the time of the fire, police say Heinze told investigators he had left home and returned to find it on fire.

The alleged arson occurred before Heinze joined the city fire department. City spokesman Anthony McCarthy says Heinze was hired in May and has now been suspended without pay.

Police have not detailed a motive for the arson.

No attorney was listed for Heinze in online court records. He’s being held without bond.