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Updated: Reward Offered in Crisfield Restaurant, Vehicle Arsons

Posted: 10/04/2017 07:24:00 -04:00 Updated:
Early Wednesday morning's fire at the Pizza Shoppe in Crisfield. (Photo credit: Dave Anderson) Early Wednesday morning's fire at the Pizza Shoppe in Crisfield. (Photo credit: Dave Anderson)

CRISFIELD, Md.- Authorities say a cash reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of whoever was responsible for intentionally setting fire to a restaurant and a vehicle in Crisfield on Wednesday. 

Crisfield police and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating both incidents. 

Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said that shortly after 3 a.m., officers responded to 406 Myrtle St. for a vehicle on fire. While at that location the Crisfield firefighters and police also saw the Pizza Shoppe, located at 65 Richardson Ave., to be on fire. Both fires were extinguished.

An investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office ensued and both fires were determined to be arson.

The car owner, Chris Owens, explained that he first heard a loud boom. Then he got out of bed and saw the car already engulfed in flames. 

"I saw a glow in my light in the house and I said something isn't right. And I looked outside my house and found the car on fire," Owens said.

By the time police and fire officials got to his home to put out the fire, Owens had noticed the Pizza Shoppe was also on fire. Which was only about 100 yards away from his house. 

"I said, 'Hey guys, you got a bigger fire to fight,' and nobody had called it in yet, but it happened simultaneously, quickly," Owens said.

Rick Parkinson, a friend of the Pizza Shoppe's owners, said that the fire took everyone by surprise.

"I know they didn't expect this.. they didn't want this. That much I know," Parkinson said.

There were no reported injuries, but the Pizza Shoppe sustained significant damage. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers of the Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information that leads to the arrest or arrests of those responsible for the arsons. All information reported to Crime Solvers will be taken anonymously and will remain confidential.

Wednesday morning's fire scene in Crisfield. (Photo: WBOC)


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