Arson investigated in Joppa

CRIME WATCH

July 23, 2008|By ELLIE BAUBLITZ

The state fire marshal's office is investigating an arson early yesterday at an abandoned business in Joppa where Harford County plans to build a new sheriff's precinct station, authorities said.

A passer-by saw the fire in the 600 block of Pulaski Highway shortly after 2 a.m., said Joseph G. Zurolo Jr., deputy state fire marshal. It took six fire companies about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

The two-bay block garage was formerly Edgewood Cars for Less, and it had been vacant and open to trespassers for some years, Zurolo said.

Previously, the building had been the Bonnie Brae flea market and truck stop, said Bob Thomas, a Harford County government spokesman. The county purchased the property with plans to build a precinct station that also would house other government offices, he said.

Zurolo said he did not think the fire was related to other recent arsons in the county. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the arson hot line at 800-492-7529.

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