Fire destroys children's playhouse

November 30, 1994

Investigators from the state fire marshal's office and police are searching for the person who destroyed a 12-foot by 12-foot child's playhouse in the Sykesville area Sunday.

Deputy Fire Marshal Charles Adams said a fire was started on the interior of the wood playhouse in the rear of the residence of Mark S. Strickler. The blaze, in the 6400 block of Taper Court, was discovered about 11 p.m. and caused about $3,300 damage to the building, he said.

Margie Strickler said the first section of the playhouse was built by her husband 13 years ago, when their oldest daughter was 3. They now have three other children and the tree/playhouse was improved for each child. It had a Jungle Jim set, a slide, a firemen's pole and other equipment.

Engines from the Sykesville fire station responded to the blaze and remained at the scene for one hour. No one was injured.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the state fire marshal's office at (410) 764-4324 or (800) 492-7529.

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