A two-alarm fire last Wednesday that heavily damaged two antiques shops in the historic section of Main Street in Ellicott City was intentionally set, a deputy state fire marshal said today.
The blaze at Ellicott's Country Store, 8190 Main St., was set on the second floor of the building, said Robert Thomas, deputy state fire marshal. The building pre-dates the Civil War.
The fire spread next door to Heirlooms Too and caused additional damage, Mr. Thomas said.
The total damage was estimated at $250,000. Mr. Thomas said the property was insured but he didn't know details about any insurance policy covering the shop.
Mr. Thomas said there are no suspects and no motive in the case.
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