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Official: Westminster fires intentionally set

Two shed fires that occurred in close proximity and just a few hours apart early Thursday morning in Westminster were intentionally set, likely by the same person, according to a spokesman of the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Tim Warner said no suspect was in custody as of 5 p.m., but the fire marshal's office is continuing to investigate. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the fire marshal's office at 410-836-4844.

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The Westminster Police Department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects, according to a release from the State Fire Marshal.

No injuries occurred in either incident, according the fire marshal's office and the Westminster Volunteer Fire Co. spokesman Kevin Dayhoff.

The first fire occurred in the unit block of Pennsylvania Avenue around 2:12 a.m., Dayhoff said, and caused approximately $10,000 in damage to a 20-by-30-foot shed, according to the fire marshal.

The second fire was reported around 5:36 a.m. in the 100 block of West Main Street caused about $100,000 in damage to the 30-by-40-foot structure, according to the fire marshal.

Dayhoff said approximately 45 firefighters from seven volunteer fire companies responded to the second blaze, including personnel from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley, New Windsor, Hampstead, Taneytown and Manchester fire companies.

The fire was under control by 6:21 a.m., according to Dayhoff. The City of Westminster's Public Works Department also assisted.

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