Arson

Damage from Joppatowne playground fire estimated at $40,000, county says

Damage from Joppatowne playground fire estimated at $40,000, county says

A spokesperson for Harford County government says it will cost an estimated $40,000 to replace play equipment damaged by an arson fire at a small Joppatowne playground on Wednesday.

"We don't have a timeline on that, but we do intend to replace it," county administration spokesperson Cindy Mumby said Friday.

Two sisters, ages 12 and 13, are facing arson related charges in connection with the fire at the playground in the 200 block of Chell Road, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Fire investigators initially released an estimate of $1,000 damage or loss from the fire, but that figure is incorrect, Mumby said.

"The equipment is about...

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