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Fire at Smithsburg Auto Parts intentionally set

August 05, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • A fire that damaged Smithsburg Auto Parts on Sunday morning was intentionally set.
Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — A Sunday morning fire that damaged the Smithsburg Auto Parts store on West Water Street in Smithsburg was intentionally set, authorities said Monday.

Maryland State Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray said investigators couldn’t discuss how the fire was started.

“We’re not able to release any of the details” of the investigation, he said.

The fire, which started in a second-floor office area of the building at 5 W. Water St., caused $10,000 in damages to the structure and $1,000 in damages to the contents, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Smithsburg Fire Chief Chris Rohrer said Sunday that no one was in the building when firefighters forced their way inside to put out two fires on the second floor and a third fire on the first floor.

He said heavy smoke was coming from all four corners of the concrete-block building. The fires burned through about a 10-foot section of the second floor, where auto parts and clerical items were stored.

Forty firefighters responded to the fire, which was reported by a neighbor at 12:50 a.m. Sunday.

It took firefighters from Smithsburg, Leitersburg, Mt. Aetna, Long Meadow and Franklin County, Pa., about 15 minutes to get the fire under control, the fire marshal’s office said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call the fire marshal’s office at 301-766-3888, or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-525-3124.

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