Northwest--taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

January 07, 1993

$5,000 reward offered for word in arson case

A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered by the state fire marshal's office for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person who set a blaze that destroyed a house under construction in Taneytown early yesterday.

The fire, which was discovered about 12:47 a.m., destroyed the new two-story wood frame house at Baumgardener and Roth avenues, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage, according to state Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.

About 40 firefighters from Taneytown, Harney and Emmitsburg battled the blaze for more than two hours. The construction was about 75 percent finished.

Fire investigators declared the incident to be arson and are looking for individuals who were seen in the area just prior to the fire. The wood-framing material was engulfed in flames before the fire department arrived.

Officials said the blaze was brought under control within 30 minutes. The building is owned by the National Construction Company of Westminster.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to notify the state fire marshal at 1-(800) 492-7529.

FIRE

* New Windsor: A chimney fire in a house on Mill Dale Lane brought fire equipment from New Windsor, Union Bridge and Taneytown at 7:19 p.m. on Tuesday.

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