Police identify man killed in suspected city arson

Man had ties to New Jersey, little know about fire

December 20, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Police have identified the man killed in a suspected arson in Northeast Baltimore as a 30-year-old, who according to court records and Facebook postings from friends had ties to New Jersey.

Three days after the fire, few details were available. At the property, a free-standing one-story home in the 1400 block of Homestead St., broken windows and doors were covered with plastic. Charred items from inside the house rested on the front lawn.

Firefighters were called to the home Saturday at about 6:15 a.m. and located a man later identified as Ellison McCall in a front room. Police did not have a date of birth for McCall, but said they believed he was 30.

Court records show a man named Ellison McCall Jr. with an Eatontown, N.J. address and 1980 birth date received a traffic ticket in 2006 in Baltimore County. On Facebook, friends were mourning McCall and said he was from Ocean County, N.J. They could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police said the incident was being investigated as an arson, which would make McCall the first fatal victim of an arson since 2006. Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, said information from witnesses led police to believe the fire was intentionally set but could not elaborate.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire spokesman, said he had not been updated on the investigation.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com



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