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    Early am Construction Equip Fire. Is this an accident or arson?

    Interesting to note that there are few details and no mention or arson...

    Date: 1/14/19
    Time:01:57 A.M.
    Location / Address: 20475 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, St. Mary's County
    Type of Incident: Commercial Vehicle Fire
    Description of Structure / Property: 2016, 2007 and 2005 Peterbilt Dump Trucks and 2002 Gradall
    Owner / Occupants: APF Construction Company
    Injuries or Deaths: None
    Estimated $ Loss: $340,000
    Smoke Alarm Status: N/A
    Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A
    Arrests(s): None
    Primary Responding Fire Department: Second District VFD
    # of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 20
    Time to Control: 20 minutes
    Discovered By: Neighbor
    Area of Origin: Under Investigation
    Preliminary Cause: Under Investigation
    Additional Information: Just prior to 2:00 A.M., St. Mary's County 911 Center receive calls for a fire at the above listed address. Once fire department personnel arrived on scene, they located 3 dump trucks and a Gradall involved in fire. Anyone with information in regards to the fire is asked to call the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Region at 443-550-6832
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    One might think suspiciously of this sort of fire at that time of day.
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    Could be some jury-rigged engine heater.

    Even in cases where arson is pretty obvious, the fire marshal lists the cause as 'under investigation' until he has applied for a warrant.

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    It is listed as "undetermined" until they determine a cause. Once a cause is determined it will be listed as accidental, incendiary or undetermined. Obtaining warrants will be done in follow-up investigations to determine the responsible party(ies). Fires that have been determined as incendiary have been investigated for some periods of time before warrants have been obtained and arrests made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by officeguy View Post
    Could be some jury-rigged engine heater.

    Even in cases where arson is pretty obvious, the fire marshal lists the cause as 'under investigation' until he has applied for a warrant.


    That was my first thought, that it most likely was engine block heating gone wrong.
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