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Homeless person starts vacant house fire while "huffing" near flames

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Posted at 2:02 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 14:02:47-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Weeks after a vacant home caught fire in Annapolis, investigators believe they have found the cause.

On Friday the Anne Arundel County Fire Department says the fire was accidental and was started by a homeless person. They say it started when the person was abusing inhalants, also known as huffing, near a warming fire.

They say the fire that was burning in the house accidentally ignited the vapors from an aerosol can which started the fire.

The fire originally broke out on January 5, in the 900 block of Bay Ridge Road. It took 51 firefighters around 20 minutes to extinguish the flames.