Charles County Sheriff's Office

Victims in House Fire Identified

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HOUSE FIRE/ DEATH INVESTIGATION: On October 14 at 12:34 a.m., officers with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Charles County Fire/EMS responded to 15101 Poplar Hill Road in Waldorf for the report of a house fire. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene and found the residence fully engulfed in flames. Four occupants escaped; two people could not. The fire was extinguished and responders located two people inside: Bernice Delores Washington, 68, and Zavion Atkins, 6, both who lived at that residence. Detectives with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal responded and will conduct a joint investigation. The cause of the fire has not been determined; however, it does not appear foul play was involved. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Elliott at (301) 609-6515.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit      

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