Series of suspected arsons investigated in Dorchester

Latest fire occurred Friday; State Fire Marshal seeks public's help

April 07, 2013|Staff Reports

The Deputy State Fire Marshal is calling for the public's help as officials work to solve a series of suspected arsons in the Cambridge area of Dorchester County.

The latest fire occurred 10:17 p.m. Friday, April 5, and involved a two-story, vacant home at 812 Fairmount Avenue, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Officials said three other fires occurred on March 20 and March 26.

The first fire March 20, at 11:44 p.m., occurred at 617 High Street and involved a vacant two-story single family dwelling. Damage to the structure was estimated at $90,000.

The two fires on March 26 involved vacant two-story single family dwellings at 601 Cross Street, with estimated damages of $15,000; and 523 Cedar Street, with estimated damages of $20,000. Those two fires occurred at 8:10 p.m. and 8:19 p.m., respectively.

All four dwelling fires have been determined by investigators to have been intentionally set, and all are less than a half mile from each other.

The Fire Marshal is asking that anyone with information contact the Lower Eastern Shore Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-713-3780 or the arson hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

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