Vacant duplex in Elkton targeted by firebugs
— 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
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.
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