County considers restaurant fire possible arson

Baltimore City/county

November 03, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County officials said they are investigating a suspected arson yesterday at a popular restaurant that was a landmark for bushels of steamed crabs.

"It's a suspicious fire and is being classified as arson," Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman, said of the early morning blaze at Carney Crab House in the 2000 block of E. Joppa Road.

A Baltimore County police officer reported the fire at 1: 41 a.m., said Lt. Bill Johns of the county Fire Department.

The two-alarm blaze was under control at 2: 57 a.m. No one was in the building and no injuries were reported.

Officials estimated damage to the building at $5,000, said Lt. Robert Rossman, a county Fire Department spokesman.

"There is fire damage in the basement and smoke damage in the first floor," Rossman said.

Police and fire officials are conducting a joint investigation. Rossman said the agencies conduct joint investigations into about half of all fire incidents.

The restaurant is owned by Milton Zacharski, 74, whose only listed address was at the restaurant. Zacharski could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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