Arson destroys house Another fire ruins motor home

January 25, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Arson caused a fire that ravaged a vacant house in the 7600 block of Slacks Road near Sykesville early yesterday morning, said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshall Allen Ward.

About 3:45 p.m. yesterday another fire destroyed a motor home on Uniontown Road between Westminster and Uniontown.

Nobody was injured in the Sykesville blaze, Mr. Ward said. The two-story wood-frame structure was destroyed, and damage is estimated at $10,000. Mr. Ward said yesterday evening there were no suspects in the arson.

He said the home was on property slated to be used by the state for training facilities for public safety and correctional service personnel.

A passing motorist discovered the fire, he said. Companies from Sykesville, Gamber and West Friendship of Howard County responded at about 6 a.m. It took an hour for about 25 firefighters to control the blaze, Mr. Ward said.

Firefighters remained on the scene until about 10 a.m. mopping up, the Emergency Operation Center reported.

The second fire destroyed a motor home in the 2100 block of Uniontown Road near Springdale Road late yesterday afternoon, causing about $6,000 damage, said Lt. Jeff Alexander of the Westminster Fire Company.

No one was injured. Frank Cave, owner of the motor home, had his facial hair singed by the fire but refused medical treatment, Lieutenant Alexander said.

Personal belongings in the motor home were destroyed.

A masonry outbuilding near the motor home was slightly damaged, with some shingles melted and a door singed.

New Windsor assisted Westminster in fighting the blaze. Lieutenant Alexander said about 22 firefighters responded and four pieces of firefighting equipment were called out.

A fire inspector was on his way to the site yesterday evening to investigate the cause of the blaze, Lieutenant Alexander said.

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