The State Fire Marshal’s Office is seeking information to help identify a suspect responsible for starting a fire last week in a Dumpster behind the Goodwill store in Edgewood.
Just after 8 p.m. on Thursday, emergency personnel were dispatched to the rear of Goodwill Industries in the 1800 block of Pulaski Highway in Edgewood for a reported Dumpster fire. The fire was discovered by employees of the nearby Save-A-Lot.
Ten firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded and had the fire under control within five minutes. The fire was contained to the Dumpster and the rear of the building sustained no damage as a result of the fire. The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal estimated the fire caused $500 in damage to the 6-yard Dumpster, which is owned by Waste Management. There were no injuries reported.
Images of a suspect intentionally igniting the Dumpster were captured on video surveillance. The video shows the suspect attempting to ignite the Dumpster numerous times over the course of approximately 20 minutes.
Upon arrival of the fire department, the suspect remained on the scene, observed the firefighters extinguishing the fire, and eventually made contact with an Assistant Fire Chief. The suspect is described as a white or bi-racial male, approximately 12-15 years of age, wearing dark colored sweat or track pants with a white stripe down both legs and a large colorful hoodie. The suspect had no shoes or socks on and remained bare foot throughout the incident, even during periods of intense rain.
It is believed the suspect resides on Judy Way. Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire at 410-836-4846 or 443-619-2192