2 juveniles arrested in fires

The Baltimore Sun

Two juveniles have been arrested in a series of arson fires in Taneytown in late July and early August, authorities said yesterday.

The state fire marshal's office and the Taneytown Police Department have been investigating the fires and have arrested three people, said Faron Taylor, deputy state fire marshal.

Yesterday, a 16-year-old and 17-year-old, both of Taneytown, were arrested and charged with malicious burning in the fires.

Taylor said the youths were released to the custody of their parents and the case turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

This month, fire marshals arrested George Martin Artz, 18, of Taneytown and charged him with three counts of first-degree malicious burning, one count of second-degree malicious burning and one count of reckless endangerment.

The fires include one that was set in a vacant building on Benner Avenue the night of July 30 or July 31 that burned itself out before doing any damage; a fire at a Harney Road farm that burned 150 bales of hay; and a second fire at a shed on West Baltimore Street, both set an hour and half apart the morning of Aug. 2.

Taylor said fire marshals are working to determine a motive in the fires and continue to investigate.

Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call the fire marshal's office at 888-214-7892.

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