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Possible arson investigated in Frederick

July 24, 2011

FREDERICK, Md. — The Maryland State Fire Marshal, Frederick County Fire Marshal and Frederick Police officials were investigating a possible arson and the possible connection of two house fires Sunday morning that were close in proximity and time.

Two firefighters were injured in the first house fire, at 1002 Young Place in Frederick, said Steve Leatherman, bureau chief of Frederick County Fire and Rescue’s Technical Services Division.

One firefighter was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with a minor burn injury, and was expected to be treated and released Sunday, Leatherman said.

The other firefighter refused to be transported for medical care after a ceiling collapsed on him, Leatherman said.

No one else was injured in either house fire, despite residents being home when both fires occurred, Leatherman said.

The first fire, on Young Place, was reported at 3 a.m. Sunday when the homeowner heard a loud bang and went to investigate, finding a fire in the carport, Leatherman said.

The rancher was deemed uninhabitable with estimated damage around $150,000, Leatherman said. The American Red Cross was assisting the family.

The second fire, reported around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, was at a rancher in the 1500 block of 8th Street, Leatherman said.

Someone in the neighborhood called emergency services officials about that fire and the residents were unaware of the fire until firefighters arrived at their home, he said. The fire was on the side of the house, toward the backyard.

That fire was caught quickly and there was minor damage, Leatherman said.

— Julie E. Greene

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