Barn fire is arson, fire marshal says
A fire that destroyed a 30-by-60-foot metal pole barn northwest of Manchester last week was declared arson by the state fire marshal's office Friday, said Bob Thomas, chief deputy state fire marshal.
The fire, in the 3700 block of Back Woods Road, was discovered shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday by a neighbor, who said he who saw his cow run through a wire fence as it apparently tried to escape dense smoke from the barn.
Farm equipment stored in the barn was destroyed in the blaze, which also scorched a larger barn about 25 feet away and burned some brush across a driveway.
Water from a nearby pond was relayed to the fire by trucks from Manchester, Lineboro and Westminster.
No one was injured.
L The barn's owner, Elsie Thomas, estimated damage at $25,000.
Fire officials have no suspects and know of no motive, Mr. Thomas said.
A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered by the arson tip line for the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the fire. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-(800) 492-7529.
Mayors want to know county recycling rate
Carroll's town and city mayors pressed the county commissioners last week to tell them how much county residents are recycling.
"I want to know what the county's effort is compared to the towns," said Hampstead Mayor Clint Becker. "The towns are running to 20 to 30 percent. What are we talking about with county curbside recycling?"
The commissioners said they did not have a ready answer because the county's staff member in charge of recycling was at a conference in Baltimore.
The county's recycling rate recently climbed to 17 percent.
Town officials contend that the county's recycling rate has risen because of the success of voluntary curbside recycling in their municipalities.
The county initiated voluntary curbside recycling last summer for residents outside town limits.
Trash haulers are required to provide curbside recycling pickup, but residents do not have to participate.
Carroll must recycle 15 percent of its trash by Jan. 1, 1994 to comply with Maryland law.