Va­cant du­plex in Elk­ton tar­geted by fire­bugs

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— Fire de­tec­tives are look­ing for leads af­ter some­one poured gaso­line through­out a va­cant rental du­plex in Elk­ton and un­suc­cess­fully tried to torch the build­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice.

MSFMO in­ves­ti­ga­tors were dis­patched to the tar­geted du­plex on Road 4 in the Hollingsworth Manor neigh­bor­hood about 11 a.m. Tues­day, af­ter an em­ployee of the prop­erty owner, Hollingsworth Apart­ments LLC, had ar­rived there and dis­cov­ered that some­one

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had set fire to the place dur­ing the pre­vi­ous night or ear­lier that morn­ing, fire of­fi­cials said.

“The home had been va­cant for months and was be­ing shown for rental use. In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that a per­son or peo­ple poured gaso­line through­out the home in an at­tempt to set the home on fire; how­ever, the fire self-ex­tin­guished,” re­ported Sr. Deputy State Fire Mar­shal Oliver Alkire, one of the in­ves­ti­ga­tors han­dling what the agency is clas­si­fy­ing as an “at­tempted arson.”

The blaze caused an es­ti­mated $10,000 in struc­tural dam­age be­fore burn­ing it­self out, fire of­fi­cials re­ported.

A crew of 10 fire­fight­ers with Singerly Vol­un­teer Fire Co. of Elk­ton re­sponded to the scene, af­ter the worker dis­cov­ered that some­one had tried to torch the du­plex and called au­thor­i­ties, fire of­fi­cials said.

Alkire and his spe­cially-trained scent dog, K9 Kachina, helped de­tec­tives in the “col­lec­tion of evidence” dur­ing the on-scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion, fire of­fi­cials added.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that might help fire de­tec­tives han­dling this at­tempted arson in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to call the MSFMO’s North­east Re­gional Of­fice at 410-836-4844.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

Way of Life Com­mu­nity Church will once again host the Color Fun Run in Ris­ing Sun. Reg­is­tra­tion is al­ready open for the 2-mile walk/run to be held Sept. 24

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