Fire marshal offers reward in arson cases


Rewards totaling $10,000 have been offered by the state fire marshal's office for information leading to arrests in two arson cases last week in Carroll County.

A reward of $5,000 is in connection with the burning of a house under construction in New Windsor, which was destroyed by an arson fire Saturday morning.

The blaze was discovered about 4:20 a.m. and the building was fully engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. About 40 fire volunteers from New Windsor, Winfield and Mount Airy battled the blaze for 30 minutes before they were able to bring it under control, according to deputy chief state fire marshal Bob Thomas.

Deputy state fire marshal Frank Rauschenberg said the fire was started in the basement of the new, one-story, wood frame structure in the 3500 block of Sanguine Drive. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

Another reward of $5,000 has been offered for the arrest or indictment of the person responsible for the three-alarm fire that destroyed a wood-frame and log farmhouse in the 4400 block of Wine Road on July 19. Firefighters from 10 companies responded to the alarms. The blaze, declared arson by a state fire marshal, caused about $70,000 damage.

Anyone with information on either fire is requested to call the arson hot line, 1-800-492-7529, or the fire marshal's office, 410-764-4324.

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