Police have indicted two men in connection with the inquiry into several fires in southwest Baltimore.
Baltimore police arson inspectors are working with the Baltimore City Fire Department to examine 17 fires since Monday. Five of the fires have been ruled arson and the others remain under inquiry. Each fire has happened in a vacant house and there have been no injuries reported.
“Just because these happened in a vacant home, that doesn’t lessen the cruelty of these incidents,” Baltimore police Detective Jeremy Silbert said. “You think regarding the manpower that is being practiced, the Fire Department and the Police Department, unquestionably the dangers that our firefighters and police officers are put into when they return to a fire.”
The most current fires happened Friday in the 2400 block of Christian Street, 500 blocks of South Bentalou Street, 200 blocks of Furrow Street and 300 blocks of Furrow Street. All four of the fires have been conducted arson.
Analysts consider the fires troubling and alarming. They were staking out the area Saturday and found the man in a photo whom they believe may be liable for the fires. The photo was taken from a surveillance camera video. Investigators giving out fliers actually spotted the man in the image.
Police said Shawn Krainer, 41, is charged in conjunction with a fire that was intentionally set Friday in the 2400 block of Christian Street. Detectives are going to determine whether he is linked to any other arsons.
William Ritchie, 37, was held Monday in connection with an arson in the 1900 block of Ramsey Street.
Anyone with the report is urged to call police 410-396-2488 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.