Investigators say debris fire intentionally set

CHESTERTOWN — The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal determined that a Nov. 17 fire in the parking lot of the Royal Farms convenience store, 859 High St., was intentionally set.

“The investigation revealed a homeless person started a fire with a newspaper in order to stay warm,” according to an OSFM news release.

There was no response from firefighters because the fire self-extinguished.

According to the news release, “The paper burned itself out without causing any damage.”

No injuries were reported.

A passerby reported the debris fire at 5:53 a.m., according to investigators.


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