Arson charges pending against 5 teens for fire

Posted: October 23, 2012

The Winchester Star

Smoldering timbers and a stone chimney are all that remain of a historic house that was destroyed by fire Sunday night at Back Mountain Road and South Hayfield Road in Frederick County. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

SHAWNEELAND — Arson charges are pending against five Frederick County teens who allegedly set fire to an abandoned house Sunday night.

According to a Frederick County Fire and Rescue media release, the unoccupied historical structure — located at 1215 Back Mountain Road and originally built in 1810 — is a total loss following the blaze.

Fire Marshal Jay Bauserman said Monday that it is still early in the investigation and did not release the names or ages of the teens accused of setting the fire.

The release states that firefighters responded to the structure — near the intersection of Back Mountain and South Hayfield roads — just after 7 p.m. and encountered smoke and fire inside the empty building.

Additional manpower arrived and crews were able to put out the majority of the fire about an hour and a half after arriving.

No injuries were reported.

Because of the age and historical value of the structure, the release states that the cost of the damages is undetermined.

According to the release, the fire was intentionally set, but Bauserman could not say exactly how. He also would not say where the teens who allegedly set the fire were apprehended.

Fire and rescue units from North Mountain, Gore, Gainesboro, Round Hill, Reynolds Store, Clear Brook, as well as Frederick County Battalion 10 Duty Officer and the Fire Marshal’s Office responded. Hampshire, W.Va., and Winchester crews also assisted.

Anyone with additional information regarding the fire or anyone who may have seen anything unusual in the area of Bowman Lane and South Hayfield Road between 6 and 7:30 p.m. is asked to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 540-665-6350.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com