Fire at Pasadena Bar was Arson; $5,000 Reward Offered

Photo: Anne Arundel County Fire Dept.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Anne Arundel County fire department announced Monday they’re offering a $5,000 reward to find out who set a neighborhood bar on fire on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena.

Coconut Charlie’s caught fire around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The flames were coming from the attic. 75 firefighters responded to the fire. One suffered minor injuries from falling off of a ladder. The fire department was able to put the fire out in about 90 minutes, but it caused about $200,000 in damage to the bar.

“Arson is an extremely violent crime that not only destroys property but also places firefighters, first responders and the general public at great risk,” said Daniel L. Board Jr., Special Agent in Charge for the ATF Baltimore Field Division. 

Anyone with information should call the ATF 24/7 hotline at 888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or send an email to [email protected]. You can also send a text anonymously via the ReportIt® mobile app, available through, using the ATF Baltimore Field Division as the location. Additionally, tips can submitted by calling AACoFD at 410-222-TIPS or via the AACoFD section of