Gerard McBurnie Dixon Jr., former firefighter, charged with arson

A former Riverdale firefighter has been charged with arson, police said.

Gerard McBurnie Dixon Jr., 23, of Bladensburg was charged Wednesday with first degree arson to a residence in Riverdale, officials said.

On June 29, 2008 at 3:25 a.m., Riverdale firefighters and other nearby stations responded to a house fire at 4504 Kennedy Street. Personnel arrived to find heavy fire and a firefighter suffered minor burns while battling the blaze.

Dixon was arrested out-of-state by law enforcement officials and is awaiting extradition back to Prince George's County.

If convicted, Dixon could face up to 30 years imprisonment or a fine not to exceed $50,000 or both.

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