Multiple Arrests in String of Western Maryland Arsons

By DAVID DISHNEAU | April 10, 2013

The Maryland State Fire Marshal is announcing multiple arrests in a string of arsons in western Maryland.

Spokesman Bruce Bouch says details will be released at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Hagerstown.

The agency has investigated at least 19 suspicious fires in Washington County since March 17.

Bouch says the same suspects are connected to a couple of fires in Frederick County.

The fires mostly involved motor vehicles and trash containers. There was at least one garage fire, and a barn fire that caused $50,000 worth of damage.

The total damage estimate for all the fires exceeds $130,000.

Bouch says there are no firefighters among the suspects. He says the arsons are not connected to 77 fires on Virginia’s Eastern Shore allegedly set by a former firefighter.

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