HAGERSTOWN -- A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate serving time for murder was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson.
Allan Clark, 24, is charged with setting a June 16 fire outside a cell at the prison south of Hagerstown, Washington County District Court documents show.
A correctional officer making security rounds at about 12:45 a.m. June 16 saw the fire burning. The officer ordered an inmate who was adding materials to the fire to stop, and the inmate refused, documents show.
The officer put out the fire and later identified Clark as the inmate allegedly fueling the fire.
Clark's cellmate told investigators Clark had started setting fires inside and outside the cell. The cellmate also said Clark took two pieces of graphite and put them in an electrical outlet to make sparks. Clark lit toilet tissue with the sparks, and also burned a mattress, pillowcases, sheets and newspaper, a fire marshal alleged in charging documents.