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W.Va. shed arson damage estimate $150,000-$200,000

July 08, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A fire that authorities determined was intentionally set in a shed at the old National Fruit complex in Martinsburg early Tuesday caused an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 in damage to the structure and contents, Martinsburg Fire Department Chief Fire Investigator Greg Hoover said Wednesday.

The 140- by 50-foot metal structure that was burned at 600 N. Queen St. is owned by Vincent Groh of Hagerstown and lumber in the shed was owned by Eric Westergard of Martinsburg, Hoover said.

Neither was insured, Hoover said.

The arson was at least the 14th intentionally set fire this year in the City of Martinsburg, but the first since arsons at Oatesdale Park and a vacant duplex along Central Avenue were discovered in April, according to a tally of reports.

Police have arrested two people in connection with the Central Avenue arson, but have not announced any arrests in the other cases.

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Anyone with information about the latest arson or previous cases is asked to contact the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

Martinsburg police are also seeking information regarding recent graffiti at the National Fruit property that might be related to the fire.

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