UPDATE – 4/8/22 – On March 31 at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers and local fire departments and EMS responded to the 3000 block of Heathcote Road in Waldorf for the report of an altercation and a fire. After the fire was extinguished, investigators located Rashawn Cline, 27, and her daughter, Dashawn Cline, 1, inside the residence; they were deceased.
During a joint investigation with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and detectives with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, investigators determined the fire was an arson and deliberately set. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) ruled the deaths of Rashawn and Dashawn Cline a homicide as a result of the fire.
Vincent Anthony Fisher, II, 46, who lived at the residence, was identified as the suspect. Immediately after the fire, Fisher was arrested and charged with assaulting another resident of the house that occurred just prior to the fire; he was being detained at the Charles County Detention Center.
Based upon the findings of the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the OCME, on April 7, Fisher was charged with first-degree arson and murder. The victims were the daughter and grandchild of Fisher’s girlfriend who lived at the house.
Fisher is currently being held at the Charles County Detention Center with no bond. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Bringley at 301-609-6499. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE – On March 31 at 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Heathcote Road in Waldorf for the report of an assault and a house fire. Once on the scene, the townhouse was completely engulfed in flames. After the fire was extinguished, an adult female and an infant girl were located deceased inside the residence.
They were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. At this time, detectives are working with the Office of the State Fire Marshal to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Bringley at 301-609-6499. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The identity of the decedents will be released once they have been positively identified. The investigation is ongoing.
WALDORF, Md. – Late yesterday evening, first responders were called from all across Charles County to a fire in Waldorf.
At approximately 10:37 p.m. on March 31, firefighters and EMS crews were called to the 3000 block of Heathcote Road for a reported structure fire with people reportedly trapped inside.
The caller had advised that they could see flames extending from the end of a row of homes. One other caller advised that the fire could be seen from across the street and appeared to be threatening other units.
First responders would arrive and find multiple units of a two-story building being threatened by the fire, and would be informed that multiple people were potentially trapped inside.
The firefighters would establish a water supply and sound the 2nd alarm. SMECO would also be called to the scene soon after arrival to cut any power supply to the units.
Not long after being called to the scene, crews would sound evacuation tones for all personnel to vacate the structure after deeming it unsafe.
One female would be pronounced deceased after being discovered in the fire, and one other would be transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment. The severity of the second patient’s injuries is currently unknown.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal is currently investigating the incident.
This is a developing story. We will continue to provide additional details when we receive them.
All photos courtesy of the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department