Md. volunteer firefighter charged with attempted murder, arson, malicious burning

PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. - A 19-year-old Prince George's County volunteer firefighter has been arrested and charged for attempted murder and purposely setting fire to properties on three separate occasions across the county, officials say.

Tyree Torney submitted his volunteer firefighter application on February 5, 2017 and has since then allegedly set fire to three different properties. In one of the incidents, Torney set fire to a house where four adults and one baby were sleeping.

According to Prince George's County Fire and EMS:

  1. Torney admitted to setting a bridge on fire May 2, 2017 at the 600 block of Stretford Way in Hyattsville, Maryland. For this incident, he has been charged with 2nd degree arson, malicious burning, and destruction of property, officials say.
  2. Torney has been charged for setting a townhouse containing five occupants on fire in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, officials say. One of the occupants was Torney's ex-girlfriend, and one occupant was an infant, according to fire officials. For this incident, Torney has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, arson, malicious burning, and reckless endangerment.
  3. Most recently, Torney has been charged for setting fire to Suitland High School while various teachers and support staff were inside on February 12, 2018, officials say. For this incident, Torney is charged with arson, malicious burning, burglary, destruction of property, and trespassing.

Officials say Torney has been removed from all operations with the Fire/EMS Department.