Authorities seek help in trash bin fires

September 20, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

State and local authorities are asking for help in identifying the people responsible for setting 70 trash bin fires over the last month in the vicinity of Harford County's Edgewater Village Shopping Center and Meadowood townhouse development.

Allen L. Ward, deputy chief state fire marshal, said the fires have cost the owners of the destroyed and damaged equipment about $20,000.

"The fire melts the plastic lids, and the heat generated by the hot plastic warps the metal," said Robert Hooper, owner of Harford Sanitation Services Inc., who has seen 20 of his trash bins set on fire.

Mr. Hooper said the problem has become so bad that he won't repair any more salvageable bins until the culprits are caught.

Volunteers from the Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company have responded to about 70 trash bin fires in the area over the last month, Mr. Ward said.

He said he is concerned with the risk firefighters face each time they make a trip to put out a burning trash container.

"Equipment is also taken out of service . . . when it could be needed on other calls," he said.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office at (410) 838-6600 or the fire marshal at (410) 836-4844.

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