UPDATE: Hollywood Man Arrested for Arson After Lighting House on Fire

May 15, 2018
Nicholas Everett Nowotny, 27, of Hollywood

Nicholas Everett Nowotny, 27, of Hollywood

A Deputy State Fire Marshal has arrested a Hollywood man who intentionally set fire to a two story single family dwelling in Hollywood.

The residence is owned by Michael Nowotny.

On May 9, 2018, at approximately 4:45 pm, approximately 50 firefighters from Hollywood, Bay District, Mechanicsville, Seventh District, Leonardtown, and Hughesville, responded to a one alarm fire located at 26442 Peninsular Drive that caused approximately $350,000 in damages.

Mr. Nowotny was also Emergency Petitioned the same night of the fire by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

As a result of the investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, it was determined that Nicholas Everett Nowotny, 27, of the same address intentionally set fire to his father’s residence.

Nicholas Nowotny was charged with Arson 1st Degree, and was transported from Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center without incident.

Nowotny is currently being held without bond until a hearing on May 15. 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Date: 5-9-18

Time: 4:47 p.m.

Location / Address:  26442 Peninsular Drive, Hollywood, St. Mary’s County, Maryland

Type of Incident:  Fire

Description of Structure / Property:  2 Story Single Family Home

Owner / Occupants:  Michael Nowotny – owner; Nicholas Nowotny – occupant

Injuries or Deaths:  None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $  250.000.00      Contents: $  100,000.00

Smoke Alarm Status:  Present – Activated

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  None

Arrests(s):  Pending

Primary Responding Fire Department:  Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department

# of Alarms:  1    # Of Firefighters:  50

Time to Control:   45 minutes

Discovered By:  Neighbor

Area of Origin:  Multiple points of origin

Preliminary Cause:  Incendiary

Additional Information:   Incident is currently under investigation with charges pending.

5/9/2018: On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at approximately 4:30 p.m., firefighters from Hollywood, Bay District, Mechanicsville, Seventh District, Leonardtown, and Hughesville, were alerted to a reported house fire, at 26448 Peninsular Drive, in Hollywood.

While en-route to the scene, Chief 7 of the Hollywood VFD told dispatchers there was a vehicle into a tree on Jones Wharf Road, and Old Wharf Lane.

Moments after Chief 7’s arrival on scene, multiple witnesses reported the driver of the vehicle was the homeowner, and that he started the fire. EMS crews transported the vehicles occupant to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Crews arrived on scene to discover a 2 story single family dwelling with an attached garage on fire with heavy fire showing throughout the entire structure.

All units were advised to not enter the residence for firefighter safety due to live ammunition going off inside the residence.

It took approximately 30 minutes to an hour for firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

46 Responses to UPDATE: Hollywood Man Arrested for Arson After Lighting House on Fire

  1. Ace of spades on May 10, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Sounds like an insurance scam gone wrong

    • joep on May 10, 2018 at 9:02 am

      And there it is, the voice of the those who know nothing about the situation rises up, as is so common on these comment forums.

      • Sparky on May 10, 2018 at 11:13 am

        So tell us what really happened Mr Helper.

      • Seriously??? on May 10, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        well then – fill us in. What could possibly be the explanation??

        • WO on May 10, 2018 at 6:46 pm

          His backyard is behind mine. It was a very serious mental health issue. Hope thats enough to help you understand.

      • Ace of spades on May 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm

        Yes please do enlighten us.

  2. Basket Case on May 10, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Should have lit that worthless old ugly-ass boat on fire while he was at it.

    • WhoDis on May 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm


  3. Stupid on May 10, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Destroy your house, then destroy your car after destroying your house. Some people don’t want anything but to see the world burn

    • WO on May 10, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      It was a mental health issue. But, thanks for your pre-judgment.

  4. OrkinMan4Life on May 10, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Just an amateur, trying to get rid of the bedbug infestation! Call a pro next time!

  5. Seriously??? on May 10, 2018 at 9:50 am

    This pisses me off!! This selfish psychopath put 50 VOLUNTEER fire fighters lives in danger as well as other drivers on the road since he clearly wasn’t driving well for whatever reason. Not to mention any neighbors property that could have been damaged by the fire or the ammunition going off. I hope he rots!!

    • WO on May 10, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      I dont think you know what the term psychopath means. Yes, he put our lives in danger, but i dont think you understand.

      • Oprah on May 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        Tell us Dr Phil.

    • W on May 10, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      He’s not a psychopath, he’s mentally ill. I am one of his neighbors. Everyone could hear the live ammunition and those of us who needed to move away from our homes did so. The FFs did a great job and there were more than enough medics on the scene. Nobody went out on in an ambulance other than the mentally ill man who started the fire and then crashed his car. I don’t hope he rots, I hope he gets better. Sadly, an attempt was made for intervention for him a handful fo years back and it was unsuccessful. We have to stop allowing those who need our help to slip through the cracks.

      • Amy L on May 14, 2018 at 11:39 am

        Burn your house down and drive into a tree… blame mental health issues.
        Where was your support for his mental health issues PRIOR to this event? Maybe, had he gotten the proper treatment, this wouldn’t have happened.
        Being that mental health is the defenses argument here, please explain to us why this man had live ammunition in his home.
        If he was able to purchase ammunition… then your mental health argument is BS.

        Nice try though. The man snapped, for whatever reason he snapped. Call is what it really is.

        • Anonymous on May 15, 2018 at 9:57 pm

          He has schizophrenia you stupid woman. It was his fathers ammunition im sure, stop assuming he bought it. Also, hes had help before, but this is a serious disease.

          • Amy L on May 21, 2018 at 9:01 am

            Friend, no need to be salty.
            I laugh at your “stupid girl” comment. I’ve always found it amusing that those who are quick to call people names are typically uneducated, close minded, insecure individuals that love to regurgitate information that they have absorbed. I’m guessing individuals, such as yourself, do this to make themselves appear smart.
            Since you seem to know so much about this person and his life….

            Was his “serious” schizophrenia being treated? (As in medication)

            If he was being medicated, why did he have such easy access to a vehicle? The medicine used to treat schizophrenia clearly state on the bottle not to operate any heavy machinery.

            Considering you have diagnosed this young man as “serious,” then why wasn’t someone with him? Better yet, why isn’t he being properly treated in a facility?

            Why wasn’t ammunition removed from the home knowing that this individual with a “serious disorder” would be staying in the dwelling? (This question is in light of the mass shootings, annoying gun ‘arguments’ and consistent blame on mental health issues. If you know someone in the house has a high potential of being dangerous to themselves or others, then why on earth would you have ammunition or firearms in the home?)

        • Maxine DirtyWaters on May 16, 2018 at 8:33 am

          He just couldn’t let go about Hillary’s loss in the election!

        • Rob Stark on May 16, 2018 at 9:24 am

          Did you not read the article? Did you not comprehend it? The house was owned by his father. Duh!

  6. KS on May 10, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Has anybody thought that maybe this man had a nervous breakdown? Noone knows what a person is really going through in life. No, I do not know this man or his situation, but it certainly doesn’t sound like an insurance scam. People should be ashamed of themselves for leaving negative comments.

    • Otis Scorpio's playing with matches right now on May 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Indeed, I believe that there’s a term for someone who has a nervous breakdown and lights things on fire. Could the word be “arsonist”? Yes, yes I believe it could. And people SHOULD be ashamed for leaving negative comments about arsonists. After all, we don’t know the arsonist’s struggles. Perhaps they struggled with pyromania all of their miserable life, from back when they were just small and learning to burn ants with a magnifying glass, and perhaps later struggled with their condition (which is by no means any kind of character flaw or anything like that) by dousing neighbors’ pets with gasoline. We should, instead of castigating these poor struggling firebug souls, try to empathize with them, identify with them, indeed, emulate them by setting things on fire ourselves. When we’ve walked several miles in an arsonist’s shoes, and set several dwelling places on fire (preferably with ammunition inside), we won’t be so judgmental. And think of all of the opportunities for urban renewal that will result. Yes, I’m sure this is the right answer.

    • Zinger on May 11, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Who cares? Seriously? Why let a bunch of anonymous comments bother you?

    • weusall on May 12, 2018 at 7:07 am

      People hide behind a keyboard these day’s and say whatever they want. They would never say these things to a person face to face. So “shame” ? , it doesn’t even come into it. Beings no one knows who they are , there is no way it could hurt any one . To me the worse thing is the kid’s being bullied . Awhile back it stopped at the end of the school day and during summer break , but now it’s 24/7. It’s no surprise some of these kid’s kill themselves , who would want to face that every day ? We’ve turned this world , or at least this country into a sad piece of s**t. Have a nice day .

      • Otis Scorpio's on May 12, 2018 at 9:06 pm

        Please put down the crack pipe at least one hour before posting. Everyone else’s brain cells will thank you. Many thanks.

      • StopCrying on May 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm

        Spoken like a true piece of sh*t, whiny azz snowflake. Please just STFU.

        • Boo Hoo on May 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm

          Now is that nice?

          Are you sorry?

          Ok then – apology accepted.

      • Sparky on May 17, 2018 at 5:41 pm

        Says “weusall.” Hypocrite much? Loser.

  7. RE on May 14, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Mental health is not a defenseless argument. You do not need to understand his personal stuggles with mental health. Instead of chastising someone clearly struggling, and adding more shame and stigma to mental health, maybe you should try opening your mind a little and stop being so judgmental. As a licensed social worker, I see all forms of struggle with mental health and the worst part is the outsiders who make baseless comments. He is not a psychopath. He is a human being with a loving family who is in agony over this entire situation. You are not entitled to know what kind of help he has had in the past, and yes- you can get help, be great for a while, and then have another mental health event. Instead of making nasty, faceless comments behind your keyboard and screen, try living with and loving someone with a mental illness. Unless you are the man’s family, you will never know their struggle, love for him, and deep desire for him to be healthy and happy. Instead of trolling the internet and making nasty, judgemental comments, why don’t you go hug your healthy family members (parents, siblings, children, etc) and count your blessings that you are not in the shoes of this poor family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. I truly hope he gets the help he needs and his family finds peace in this personal struggle. My thoughts are also with you and your narrow minded judgments. I hope you are enlightened some day. Spread love, not hate.

    • Anonymous on May 15, 2018 at 4:32 am

      I stopped reading at “social worker “

      • Amy L on May 15, 2018 at 11:29 am

        ref: I stopped reading at “social worker “

        ***LOL… My thoughts exactly!***

      • Censored on May 16, 2018 at 7:46 am

        Totally agree!

        But – At least your post made it past the first amendment filter of SoMD Newsnet censorship.

        They simply deleted my post.

        • Ben Matlock on May 18, 2018 at 7:45 am

          1st Amendment doesn’t apply here. You are free to leave and go to another site. Murica!

      • I'm still laughing on May 16, 2018 at 10:53 am

        Because its to hard for you, obviously.

        • Otis Scorpio is laughing harder on May 18, 2018 at 2:24 pm

          *Because it’s too hard for you, obviously.

          Congratulations! You can almost write English.

        • Amy L on May 21, 2018 at 9:09 am

          ref: “Because its to hard for you, obviously.”

          ummm…. I think you meant:
          Because it’s too hard for you, obviously.

          Honestly, assuming you are making an attempt at sounding smart, I would suggest saying it like this:
          Obviously you stopped reading because it was too hard for you.

          Maybe even replace “hard” with “difficult”

          Just saying.

    • Otis Scorpio has been diagnosed with law abiding syndrome on May 15, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Right. So in all of this, the worst part for leftist licensed social workers is the “baseless comments.” Not the house burning down, not the ammunition inside, not the danger to firefighters or neighbors, but the comments on a website. In your world, he’s not an arsonist. He’s got pyromaniacal challenge syndrome or some other such nonsense. A lefty social scientist’s “mental illness” is what most reasonable people consider to be a character flaw. Think and pray all you like, but arson is a crime for a very good reason, and no amount of leftist victim studies doublethink changes that. The only question is whether he’s insane under the appropriate legal standard; if not, then his actions are blameworthy and should be punished, irrespective of whatever “condition” or “syndrome” some mental health “expert” can cook up. While you’re praying, pray for some perspective.

    • KB on May 15, 2018 at 9:17 am


    • Earth, Wind, & FIRE! on May 15, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Oh woe was me! BUT NOW – YES – FINALLY – I have been “enlightened”!
      It must be SO liberating…being diagnosed to have a “mental health” issue. The FREEDOM!

      Burn it, wreck it, kill it, steal it – there is a smorgasbord of activities for one to consider, none of which will you ever be punished or held accountable for.

      I am going to open my mind now – maybe use some LSD – so I can understand the higher level wisdom of the “licensed” social worker.
      coo coo for cocoa puffs!

      Otis….wanna join me?

      Bring some matches or a lighter with you so we can get into character.

    • OG on May 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      So what is the solution to mental health concerns? As you said yourself, even treatment isnt a “cure”. Am I allowed to get pissed, if I have a neighbor who was treated for mental health problems, and he relapses, and that breakdown means he burns down my house. Or am I supposed to talk to him like hes a child, and say nice wittle things to him, and make sure he knows that we all care about him and its not his fault. Kiss my azz with that crap. Your entire argument is that people with mental health problems are a danger to society because there is no cure, and any one of them is a timebomb…

      • Say It and See... on May 21, 2018 at 8:03 am

        Crazy as a loon – lock his pyro-ass up!

        Quit coddlin people that can’t live within the rules of society.

        Put them away for their own safety – as well as for the safety of others.

  8. AC on May 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

    He was a good person with an awful disease and struggle. I knew he and his dad for years and this is heartbreaking. I hope none of you hateful judgmental people ever have to deal with the struggles and consequences that come with a serious mental illness

    • HJP on May 15, 2018 at 10:29 am

      YEAH you “hateful judgmental people”!

    • Deez on May 15, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Bottom line, he’s nutty as a fruitcake! Also, I really don’t care what you feel, or think.

    • OG on May 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      I think your response to this situation is a text book case of cultural appropriation. This is the white people version of “all a yall need to STFU cuz we aint know this man struggle”

  9. John Mountjoy on May 19, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Folks, I know both the son and the father. They are both good people, in spite of the obviously apparent fact that the son has mental health challenges. He didn’t try to hurt anyone but himself.
    Please try to show some Christian empathy — let he/she who is without sin throw the first stone.