Cumberland Times-News

October 26, 2013

Man charged following fire in vacant building

Allegedly also held woman against her will

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — A 37-year-old city man was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly set fire to a mattress inside a vacant apartment building at 3 Altamont Terrace, according to the Cumberland Police Department.

James Kenneth Flohr Jr. of Park Street was taken into custody when he was observed exiting the building after Cumberland police and fire units responded to a fire alarm at 7:23 a.m.

Flohr was charged with eight criminal counts, including arson, burglary, assault, false imprisonment, malicious destruction of property and malicious burning, according to court documents.

Following a bond hearing before a district court commissioner, Flohr was jailed Saturday afternoon at the Allegany County Detention Center on $250,000 bond, pending bail review Monday in district court.

Flohr was also being held on a detainer from Frederick County where a warrant is on file for his arrest there. The case relates to a violation of probation in relation to a conviction on animal cruelty charges, according to court files.

Saturday, the Allegany County 911 center received a 911 call about the fire at 7:23 a.m. Firefighters were on the scene for an hour.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Lt. W. Shannon Adams, Cumberland Fire Department, who serves as the city fire marshal, and the Cumberland Police Department.

Adams said the fire caused damage to the vacant three-story building and its contents that were estimated at $500.

An unidentified woman in the building in the company of Flohr was injured and taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Police said Flohr allegedly would not allow the woman to leave the vacant building and kept her against her will just before the fire occurred.