Park officials offer reward for canal fire information

January 20, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

C&O Canal National Historic Park officials are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting a Dec. 5 fire that destroyed a historic two-story log house at Two Locks.

The fire was reported shortly after 8 p.m. and was fought by Clear Spring and Williamsport fire companies, according to Mark Spier a spokesman with the National Park Service.

The fire is under investigation by the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal and the National Park Service.

"The speed in which the structure was engulfed and other information at the scene lead us to believe that it was arson," Spier said.

Spier said the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

"No one has been able to tell its age," he said. Spier said the house was made by hand and was occupied during the time the canal was operational.


The National Park Service had made the reward offer in December, but received no response, he said.

Spier said it is important to find out who caused the fire because of the historical significance of the structure burned and to deter anyone from burning other abandoned buildings.

Spier said that although this has been the only historic building burned recently, he said he remembers a series of such fires about 10 years ago.

Anyone with information may call the park at 301-745-5816.

Those wishing to be remain anonymous may do so by leaving a number and they will be contacted by a park ranger.

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