Police and fire news, June 24, 2020; Fire marshal probes arson

SUBMITTED PHOTO/Rescue Fire Company, Lt Tyler White, FF Kevin Carr, Eddie Dean
A Cambridge Rescue Fire Company crew is seen silhouetted against the flames of a burning house on Airey’s Road. The emergency occurred around 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Working Structure Fire
At 11:20 p.m. Sunday, the volunteers of Rescue Fire Company Inc. were dispatched for a “Reported Working Structure Fire” at 5380 Airey’s Road in Cambridge. Units arrived at a two-story vacant house with fire showing.
Crews made quick work advancing 500 feet of attack line to the to extinguish the fire. Overhaul was completed via Tower 1-1 and all units were placed in service without incident at 1:38 a.m. Twenty-one volunteers from RFC responded to this incident.
Units responding were:
Chief 1 (Command)
Chief 1-1 (Operations)
Chief 1-2 (Safety)
Engine 1-3 (500’ attack hose, 125’ of 5” Supply Hose)
Tower 1 (Main Ladder)
Rescue Engine 1-1 (Additional Personnel)
Engines 1-2 and 1-4 (Additional Personnel))
Mutual aid was provided by DSO, MSP, DCEMS PM100 & 101 (Cambridge) PM200 (Eldorado-Brookview) Station 100 Cover Up, Station 61 (Linkwood-Salem) Tanker 61-1, Station 21 (East New Market) Engine Tanker 21-1, Station 16 (Secretary) Engine 16-1 (Station 1 Cover Up), Talbot Station 30 (Trappe) Rescue Engine 32 and Tanker 36, Maryland State Fire Marshal.
The fire marshal reported that the building, owned by Audrey Hopkins, sustained losses totaling $21,000.
Investigators have determined the preliminary cause is “intentionally set fire,” originating inside the house.
The fire was discovered by a neighbor. In all, 30 firefighters responded to the site. There were no injuries or arrests reported.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact the Lower Eastern Region Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-713-3780 or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529
RFC Firefighter Kevin Carr contributed to this report.

Intentional fire
Rescue Fire Company crews responded at 7:13 a.m. Sunday to a fire at 613 School House Lane, Cambridge, a two-story, wood-frame, single-family dwelling converted into apartments. A statement from the Office of the Maryland Fire Marshal said the building is owned and occupied by Ashlee Scott.
The area of origin was a second-story exterior stair landing of apartment #2. Estimated loss was $500. Twelve firefighters responded to the scene, and took 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.
There were no injuries, deaths or arrests reported.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Lower Eastern Region Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-713-3780 or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fire and explosion through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire protection engineering. For more information on fire safety, call 1-800-525-3124, or visit the office’s website or Facebook page.

Neck District Vol. Fire Co.
Fire fighters in the Neck District released the following statement on June 16:
“We haven’t posted any cell tower updates in a couple months, not because things aren’t happening, quite the opposite. Things have been moving a bit slowly due to the virus, but we have just passed another substantial milestone, in that the Dorchester County Planning Commission voted unanimously this past Wednesday to allow our cell tower project to enter the final, pre-construction stage.
“Within the next few weeks, we will finalize the acquisition of a neighboring parcel of land and accepting a donation of an additional parcel of land that allows us the space to construct the tower back in the woods behind the track dumpster, mostly out of sight. As things progress we will continue to update you.”

Md. Transportation Authority
Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police and members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested two people June 15 following a lengthy investigation into the theft of numerous vehicles from the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) rental car facility.
MDTA Police detectives charged 26-year-old Shakierra D. Scott of the 2200 block of Round Road in Baltimore City and 31-year-old Travis J. Scott of the same address in connection with thefts of 28 rental cars between May and July 2019. The vehicles had a combined value of more than $660,000.
Detectives allege Ms. Scott used her position as a security officer with Allied Universal Security Services, a company contracted by rental car companies at BWI Marshall Airport, to allow Mr. Scott to drive the rental cars from the secure facility without a rental contract. Police allege the two then sold the rental cars.
Shakierra D. Scott and Travis J. Scott each face numerous charges including theft scheme greater than $100,000 and 28 counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
The MDTA Police thanked the Baltimore Police Department and the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for assistance with this investigation.

Maryland State Police
The Maryland State Police is committed to strengthening the community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations, a statement from the agency said. #SleevesUpMD is our way of giving troopers, staff and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.