Columbia house fire is ruled arson

Damage put at $50,000

no injuries reported


A fire that damaged a Columbia house Monday night was deliberately set, the state fire marshal's office said yesterday.

A neighbor reported a fire in the 5000 block of Flowertuft Court in Wilde Lake village at 7:46 p.m. Monday, the fire marshal's office said in a written statement.

The blaze caused about $50,000 in damage to the single-family home, the statement said.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured, according to the statement.

Deputies from the fire marshal's office determined that the fire had been deliberately set inside the home, the statement said.

Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor declined to release further information about the fire, which remained under investigation.

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