Three arrested, another sought in historic meeting house blaze

April 10, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Three people were arrested and a fourth is being sought in a March 21 fire that destroyed the historic John Watters Meeting House in Bel Air, Harford County, a deputy chief state fire marshal said yesterday.

All have been charged with second-degree arson and breaking and entering, said Deputy Chief Allen L. Ward.

Kevin Richard Allen, 18, of the 2100 block of Thomas Run Road, who was being held in the county Detention Center on an unrelated charge, was arrested Monday.

Two teen-agers, one from Bel Air and one from Forest Hill, also were arrested Monday and were being held at Charles H. Hickey Jr. School at Cub Hill, Baltimore County. An 18-year-old man from the Bel Air area was being sought.

Mr. Ward said the blaze was started when a flammable material in the building was set on fire.

Built in 1844, the house in the 2500 block of Thomas Run Road was used for religious services, weddings and funerals. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, formerly was a Methodist Church. The loss was placed at $100,000.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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