Crews respond to overnight apartment fire in Joppa

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Fire personnel responded to an apartment fire in Joppa early on Friday morning.

It marked the fourth local dwelling fire in six days, and the second in two days along Trimble Road.

At just after 2 a.m., firefighters responded to a call for smoke coming from an apartment in the 300 block of Trimble Road in Joppa. Units from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire & Emergency Services, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, and Abingdon Fire Company responded to the scene.

At the scene, crews found smoke showing from the front and side of a three-story apartment building. Firefighters went into the building to search for the source. Fire was discovered in the ceiling area of a top floor apartment. Additional resources were requested which brought The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.

Crews worked together to uncover and extinguish all of the fire. The blazr was extinguished by 3 a.m. The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal was called to determine the cause and origin of the fire, which is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters from multiple companies also responded to a house fire on Trimble Road early on Thursday morning.  Officials say an arson investigation is ongoing in that case.

Overnight house fire in Joppa draws response from multiple fire companies

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Crews from several local fire companies responded to a house fire in the Joppa area early Thursday morning.

At just after 2 a.m., firefighters from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire & Emergency Services, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, and White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company responded to the 400 block of Trimble Road.

At the scene, crews found a fire on the front porch of the residence.  Additional units were then summoned from the Abingdon Fire Company.

Firefighters took hoses inside the home and aggressively attacked the fire. It took about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control. The occupants were not home at the time of the fire as the house is currently being renovated.

No injuries were reported.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal reports that the fire is being investigated as arson.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Northeast Regional Office of the Fire Marshal at 410-836-4844.

Second death in White Marsh arson case ruled homicide

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison Jr.

The death of a second victim stemming from an altercation in White Marsh in 2015 has been ruled a homicide.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has concluded the autopsy on victim Shawn Michael Scarinzi, labeling his death a homicide.

Scarinzi remained hospitalized from the time of the incident on December 4, 2015 until his death on May 22, 2017, seventeen months after being doused with gasoline and set on fire on Pulaski Highway following an altercation with the suspect, Christopher Harrison, Jr.

The case has been forwarded to the Maryland State’s Attorney for review.

Harrison remains in the custody of the Maryland Department of Corrections, found guilty on charges stemming from the initial assault.

He is awaiting trial for the homicide of the other victim, David Benjamin Campbell, scheduled for November 13, 2017.

After running out of gas on Pulaski Highway near Allender Road on December 4,2015, Campbell and Scarinzi were returning with containers of gasoline when an altercation erupted between Campbell and Harrison, resulting in Campbell punching Harrison.

Harrison doused Campbell with gasoline and lit him on fire.

Scarinzi, who was standing near Campbell with a container of gasoline, also became engulfed in flames.

Both victims remained hospitalized until the time of their deaths.

2nd victim set on fire in White Marsh dies

Christopher HarrisonThe second victim of a first-degree assault (an arson) stemming from an altercation in White Marsh on December 4, 2015, has died.

Shawn Michael Scarinzi, 25, of Edgewood, died early Monday morning, some 17 months after being inadvertently set on fire during an altercation between his friend, David Benjamin Campbell, and the suspect, Christopher Harrison Jr.

After running out of gas on Pulaski Highway near Allender Road on December 4, 2015, Campbell and Scarinzi were returning with containers of gasoline when an altercation erupted between Campbell and Harrison, resulting in Campbell punching Harrison.

Harrison doused Campbell with gasoline and lit him on fire.

Scarinzi, who was standing near Campbell with a container of gasoline, also became engulfed in flames. Both victims remained hospitalized until the time of their deaths.

David Benjamin Campbell, 22, of Middle River, died on January 7, 2017. His death has been ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A warrant was issued to Harrison for homicide charges on May 16, 2017. The results of an autopsy performed on Scarinzi are pending.

Harrison was taken into custody at the time of the incident and held without bail, and remains confined to the Department of Corrections after entering a guilty plea on July 28, 2016 to charges of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, for which he was sentenced to 20 years and 5 years imprisonment, respectively, to be served consecutively.