Carroll County's arson rate increased 40%, report finds

November 23, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Arsons in Carroll County were up 40 percent in the first nine months of 1993 compared with the same period last year, according to a report by the state fire marshal.

Carroll was the only county in the Western Maryland region -- which also includes Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties -- to show an increase in arsons.

Arsons in the region decreased 15.7 percent in the first nine months of 1993 compared with the same period last year, said the report, which was released Friday.

The region showed a decrease nearly twice the rate of that statewide, said Rocco J. Gabriele, the fire marshal.

During the first nine months of this year, there were 118 arson fires in the Western Maryland region, down from 140 during the same period in 1992.

In Carroll, the number of arsons increased from 25 to 35.

Mr. Gabriele said there were 1,932 arson fires in the state during the first nine months last year and 1,774 arsons this year, a decrease of about 8 percent.

In the first nine months of 1993, five people died in arson-related fires statewide, down from 13 deaths in the same period last year.

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