Arson: Md. grocery store owner and employee charged with setting fire to store

Timothy DeMent, left, and Mohammad Adeen (Maryland Fire Marshal's Office)

A Maryland business owner and one of his employees has been charged with arson after a fire was discovered in the Friendly Food Store in Salisbury early Friday.

A passerby called 911 to report the fire at about 12:32 a.m. Arriving firefighters from the Salisbury Fire Department found a small smoldering fire in the store and put it out within 10 minutes, according to a statement from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

An estimated $600 in damages was caused to the building, a multi-use center at 900 N. Salisbury Blvd.

Investigators discovered that an ignitable liquid had been placed in several areas to start the fire.

The investigation determined that the fire was intentionally set for financial gain by the owner of the business, Mohammad Adeen, 39, of Salisbury, and an employee, Timothy E. DeMent, 42, of Salisbury, according to the Fire Marshal's Office.

Adeen and DeMent have been charged with second-degree arson. A court hearing is pending.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal's Office, Lower Eastern Region Office at 410-713-3780.
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