Firefighter charged in library firebomb

September 24, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

A Havre de Grace volunteer firefighter has been suspended while he awaits trial on charges that he was involved in firebombing the town's library last month so he could help extinguish the blaze, authorities said.

Daniel Woodrow Ramsey Jr., 28, of the 600 block of Fountain St. in Havre de Grace and a 17-year-old boy were charged in connection with the incident Aug. 22. Ramsey faces charges of possession of a destructive device and conspiracy to commit arson. The boy's identity was not released because his case had been referred to the state Department of Juvenile Services.

Ramsey has been volunteering with the Susquehanna Hose Company in Havre de Grace, where he has been a probationary member for the past six months, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr.

Zurolo said that investigators believe that Ramsey "was trying to cause work so he would be able to help and put the fire out."

He estimated that the fire - which was believed to be started by an incendiary device tossed through a window - caused about $17,000 worth of damage at the Havre de Grace library, at 120 N. Union Ave.

Zurolo said fire officials with Susquehanna Hose Company have cooperated with the investigation, and have suspended Ramsey pending the outcome of his trial. Officials with the volunteer company could not be reached for comment.

Ramsey posted $50,000 bail and was released from jail Saturday. The date of his trial could not be determined.

gus.sentementes@ baltsun.com

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