Woman, 29, is charged in Taneytown apartment fire

Westminister suspect had lived in building


Authorities have arrested a 29-year-old Westminster woman and charged her with arson in a Taneytown fire that caused $175,000 in damage to an apartment building in August, the state fire marshal's office reported.

Tammy Spellman, of the first block of Pennsylvania Ave., was charged with first-degree arson and second-degree arson and is scheduled to appear today before a District Court judge for a bail hearing, said Allen Ward, a spokesman for the fire marshal.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported about 5: 15 a.m. Aug. 1 in a three-story frame building at 40 E. Baltimore St.

Spellman -- who lived in the apartment where the fire started -- was arrested Friday afternoon at a friend's home in the 300 block of Wampler Court, Ward said.

The building, which contained eight apartments and two businesses, sustained extensive fire, heat, smoke and water damage.

The blaze was the second fire to hit the building. In 1990, a 3-year-old boy died of smoke inhalation in a fire sparked by clothing left to dry on a space heater.

Pub Date: 7/12/99

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