DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ) — A huge fire destroyed a building in Baltimore County. It’s one of nearly a dozen–all at the same location in Dundalk–and now investigators think an arsonist is to blame. Kai Jackson explains the arsonist has struck three times in the last week.
Police are trying to collar this person before they strike again and before someone gets hurt.
Fire and smoke filled the sky in Dundalk as the old Seagram’s Distillery was set on fire again and police are looking for the person or people responsible.
“In the past six days, we’ve had three fires there that are all listed as arson fires at this point,” said Cpl. Mike Hill.
In fact, the old distillery has been on fire more than a half-dozen times since 2008.
There were fires in April and September of 2008 and one in July of 2009. In 2010, there were fires in January and October and three fires in one week in November.
“What officials at this point worry about is that someone–whether it be a police officer, a firefighter or a private citizen–being injured, severely injured or even killed,” Hill said.
Firefighters say an old wooden interior and barrels fueled a fire in October.
A locked fence surrounds the perimeter of the building but it’s an unconvincing deterrent for a determined criminal.
“To have that much fire on three floors–suspicious in my feelings,” said Chief James Devers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.