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Arsonist terrorizes Cecil County neighborhood

Firebug striking with more frequency
Posted at 6:24 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 18:26:08-04

He's rebuilding his house one block at a time after someone torched Flip Bigley's place here on Frist Road in Conowingo back in August of 2016.

"It's got to be somebody deranged, and they say an arson(ist), he's always standing in the crowd watching it burn," said Bigley.
And the firebug has had plenty of chances to admire their work since then, striking three more homes in recent weeks---all in the same neighborhood, including a nearby house on Liberty Grove Road, which awakened Ruth Reynolds next door.

"In the middle of the night,” said Reynolds, “There's one right down the road there on Canning Road there."
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office stop short of calling it the work of a serial arsonist, but there's no denying an emerging pattern of set fires.

"What we've seen is four vacant structures,” said Sr. Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire, “We believe that the fire has originated on the exterior of each of those.  They've all occurred late at night and they've all occurred in one concentrated area."
And that's just the structure fires.
Evidence has emerged that, in the strictest of terms, a pyromaniac may be at work here.

"There were six fires up in the woods on the other side of Liberty Grove---one right next to Ed Fine's house here... almost burned his camper up," said Bigley.
While the targeted houses have been empty thus far, it is a terrifying trend that haunts homeowners as they head off to bed each night, fearful they'll be awakened by smoke and flames.

"It's getting scary around here now with one across the street on Basin Road and this one here the other day... one down on Love Run Road,” said Bigley, “I don't know.  It's scary."