Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


April 20, 1993

Boy playing with lighter accused in barn blaze

A one-story wooden shed, about 20 feet by 30 feet and containing old hay, burned to the ground on a vacant farm south of Westminster about 5 p.m. yesterday.

One of several boys playing in the small barn with a cigarette lighter is accused of starting the fire on Jessica Lee Drive, neighbors and investigators said.

Neighbors said the boys went to a nearby house to report the fire and summon firefighters and said they were in the shed when the blaze started.

The house on the farm has been vacant for several months and the shed is a favorite place for the boys to play, the neighbors reported.

The fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office.

Engines from the Westminster and Reese stations were dispatched and shuttled water from a hydrant at Friendship Valley Elementary School.

No one was injured. The cost of the damage was not available.


* Westminster: Three cars on North Colonial Avenue were sprayed with paint Thursday, the owners reported to city police. One owner estimated the damage to his car at about $300, and another told authorities the damage to his two cars would be about $500. There are no suspects, police said.

A resident of East Green Street told police the driver's window of his car and a light at his house were shattered by someone using a BB or pellet gun Friday. Damage was estimated at $100.

A large show window at Griffith Auto Park on Baltimore Boulevard was broken when it was shot with a BB or pellet gun Friday. A company official estimated the damage at $700.

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