Empty house damaged in fire arson suspected

February 24, 1994

A one-alarm fire that had apparently been set intentionally damaged a vacant two-story Elkridge house late Tuesday, a Howard County fire and rescue spokesman said.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the 9:53 p.m. fire, which was extinguished in about three hours by firefighters from six fire stations in Howard and Baltimore counties.

The fire caused at least $2,000 in structural damage to the empty home in the 6200 block of Lawyers Hill Road. The home is owned by Edward Pollard of Baltimore, officials said.

Investigators have ruled the fire was "incendiary," which means it had been intentionally set.

Howard County firefighters from Elkridge, Long Reach and Ellicott City were assisted by Baltimore County firefighters from Arbutus, Halethorpe and Catonsville.

Swastikas on walls in school investigated

Howard County police are investigating a hate crime in an Ellicott City school in which vandals drew four black swastikas on walls last weekend.

A custodian working Sunday at Ellicott Mills Middle School, in the 4400 block of Montgomery Road, found the swastikas in a bathroom and hallway, and on a heating duct.

The drawings, etched with black markers, were not reported to police until Tuesday, when school officials discussed the paintings with officers in the schoolwide Drug Abuse and Resistance Education program.

POLICE LOG

* Elkridge: 6500 block of Lawyers Hill Road: Someone took a generator from a house under construction after forcing open a rear door Thursday or Friday morning.

8300 block of Montgomery Road: A would-be thief attempted unsuccessfully to take a 1985 Ford Mustang Thursday or Friday.

6200 block of Latchlift Court: A refrigerator was stolen from a house under construction Thursday or Friday after someone entered by prying open a front door.

* Ellicott City: 3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive: A dark black 1991 Honda Accord with Maryland tags YLN O61 was stolen Friday night or Saturday morning.

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