Howard police rule September house fire was arson

CLARKSVILLE, Md. - A September house fire was intentionally set and the case has been classified as an arson and attempted murder, Howard County police said.

Police and firefighters were called to a house fire just after midnight Sept. 8 in the 5000 block of Ten Oaks Rd. in Clarksville. Five occupants, three adults and two small children, were in the home at the time of the fire. All escaped without injury.

Police said the homeowner told officers that just after midnight, he and his wife noticed a strange odor in the house. They saw smoke and told another male family member and his children, ages 3 and 1, that there was a fire. Investigators determined that an accelerant was poured onto the home's front porch and ignited. The family escaped through a side door.

Detectives believe that the people inside the home may have been targeted, although a motive is unclear at this time. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 410-313-STOP. Up to a $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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