Apartment house fire in Cecil called arson HC

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

A two-alarm fire early today destroyed a vacant apartment building in the Cecil county town of Perryville.

State Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Thomas said the fire, which caused an estimated $150,000 damage, was intentionally set.

"The building was being renovated and no one was living there at the time," Mr. Thomas said.

The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. at the three-story, frame building that occupies 301 to 317 Broad St.

Mr. Thomas said 45 firefighters from Cecil and Harford counties battled the fire.

The building is just two doors away from the site of last July's propane gas explosion -- in the rear of a sandwich shop and apartment house. That explosion killed one person and caused an estimated $10 million in damage.

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