Vacant house fire intentionally set, officials say

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EAST NEW MARKET, Md. – A house fire in Dorchester County late last week was intentionally set, according to fire marshals.

Officials say they responded to 6066 East New Market Ellwood Road shortly after 4 p.m. Friday for a reported fire in a vacant home. The fire, which was discovered by a passerby, was quickly contained by firefighters with the Hurlock Volunteer Fire Department.

State fire marshals say further investigation revealed that the blaze was intentionally set. We’re told the owner of the residence had a demolition permit for the abandoned property but did not have a burn permit. The fire was started at the base of the staircase and was contained before it could spread beyond the staircase.

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