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Halloween shop fire being investigated as arson

A Halloween store in Charles County was intentionally set on fire early Monday, state officials said.

A passerby called 911 shortly after 12 a.m. Monday after they saw smoke coming from the Spirit Halloween store on Crain Highway in Waldorf, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said.

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Investigators say the business next to the Spirit Halloween store, Fred's Sporting Store, was intentionally burned after a burglary on October 13.

In Monday's blaze, investigators said a K-9 team was able to determine an accelerant was used near the front doors. Investigators found no evidence of theft.

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No one was injured in the fire. Nearly 40 firefighters responded and extinguished the fire located just inside the front door within five minutes.

Smoke and heat from the blaze caused an estimated $400,000 in damage, as well as $100,000 in damage to the building.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Southern Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at 443-550-6820 or the Arson Hotline at 800-492-7529.

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