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Hagerstown fire briefs

February 27, 2008

Man charged after claiming to be marshal



Hagerstown fire officials say a Hagerstown man falsely identified himself as a fire marshal from Pennsylvania when they found him at the scene of a blaze in a vacant building Saturday.

Daniel Jordan Robinson, 22, was charged with fourth-degree burglary, obstructing a fire marshal investigation and violating the Hagerstown Fire Prevention Code, the Hagerstown Fire Department said in a press release.

When firefighters arrived at the old Massey Auto Body shop at 28 E. Baltimore St., Robison met them outside and directed them to the fire, which was in a burn barrel inside, the department said.

The fire was deliberately set and still is under investigation by the Hagerstown City Fire Marshal, the department said.




Three teens charged with malicious burning



Hagerstown fire officials say three area teenagers set a piece of playground equipment on fire at Mill's Park Feb. 16.

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The suspects, who are 13 and 14 years old, were charged Monday with malicious burning through the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Hagerstown Fire Department said in a press release. Two of them are from Hagerstown and the third is from the Boonsboro area, fire officials said.

The equipment was significantly damaged in the fire, which was reported about 4:30 p.m., firefighters said.

Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set using a flammable liquid, fire officials said.

Mill's Park, at the end of Belview Avenue in Hagerstown, is owned by the city.

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