Arson

Thursday morning house fire in Joppa ruled arson

Thursday morning house fire in Joppa ruled arson

Arson is suspected in a fire that caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to a house in the 400 block of Trimble Road early Thursday morning, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

“Investigators were able to recover evidence that the fire was indeed arson or intentionally set,” Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire, a spokesperson for the fire marshal’s office, said.

The one-story single-family house, owned by Thomas J. Kuemmer, is under renovation, and no one was inside at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported, according to a notice of investigation from the fire marshal’s office.

Alkire declined to elaborate on what led investigators to...

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