Suspected Arsonist Arrested in Connection with Potomac House Fire

A Pennsylvania man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a house fire that left one Potomac woman and her cats displaced Monday, Oct. 26.

Johh O’Donnell, 34, of Bensalem, PA was taken into custody and charged with first-degree arson and attempted first-degree murder.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said in a tweet Wednesday that MCFRS fire and explosive investigators also charged O’Donnell with home invasion, first-degree burglary, second-degree arson, reckless endangerment, and malicious destruction.

Damage left by the fire is estimated to be nearly $100,000, according to an earlier tweet from Piringer.


O’Donnell is being held on a $500,000 bond as a fugitive of justice in Bensalem, just northeast of Philadelphia.

Piringer says O’Donnell is awaiting an extradition hearing.

UPDATE: Potomac Woman, Five Cats Rescued From House Fire

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