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

David

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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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officeguy

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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.
 

mdff21

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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.
 

glhs837

Power with Control
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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