Arson ruled in fire that displaced 50 residents

February 15, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A three-alarm fire Sunday evening that damaged two adjoining three-story apartment buildings in White Marsh, displacing about 50 residents, has been ruled arson, authorities said yesterday.

Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set at Quail Ridge Apartments in the 4800 block of Berry Hill Circle. They said two trash bins were also set on fire nearby earlier the same day, authorities said.

No suspects have been identified by police, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

No injuries were reported among residents of 24 units or the nearly 100 firefighters from 14 stations who responded, fire officials said. The fire, which went through the roof of one building, caused $900,000 in damage to the structure and contents of the apartments, said Elise Armacost, a county fire spokeswoman.

A radio station, WLIF-FM (101.9), plans to collect clothing for the displaced families from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at The Avenue at White Marsh.

Officials ask that anyone with information on the fire call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Callers can remain anonymous, and those calling Metro Crime Stoppers might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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