Laurel fire destroys farm house

An investigation is underway into a suspicious fire in Laurel that destroyed a home and spread to nearby woods.

An old abandoned farm house was so badly damaged by the fire that arson investigator ordered it torn down. They feared it would collapse around them on its own as they looked for clues and even potential victims in the rubble.

Though it is not yet being officially linked, several sources tell ABC7 that they believe this fire is likely the eighth in a series of fires set in Laurel since January. The most notorious of those blazes ruined two playgrounds in city parks and outraged the community.

“I don’t understand how anyone can be so mean and hateful as to do that,” says Nancy Walker. “These are childrens playgrounds.”

“They’re trying to have fun but it’s not fun at the expense of people,” says Steve Youngblood.

The most expensive fire was set March 6 in the rear of Laurel Fuel Oil. The building was damaged and several trucks were destroyed.

A $10,000 reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

ABC7 has learned that the owners of Laurel Fuel Oil and the owners of the farm house set ablaze Sunday night are related. Arson investigators in both Prince George’s and Howard counties are meeting and comparing notes.

Laurel residents just wish it would stop.

“At first I thought it was one thing, one fire and maybe some kids smoking and it got out of hand. I give up now. I don’t know. There’s got to be a solution to it,” says Walker.