The fire began after dozens of looters ransacked the store.
According to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein’s office, 21-year-old Darius Stewart set fire to a liquor store in the 2200 block of North Ave. In one call, firefighters found a trash can on fire in the store when they arrived. They were called again 20 minutes later after a caller reported another fire at the same store.
The fire was set about 8:30 p.m. on April 27, in the midst of the worst rioting that began following Freddie Gray’s funeral.
Looters beat one of the owners of the store, and robbed him. He was rescued from the building, and later found to have a head injury. The second owner hid in the building. When he realized there was a fire, he escaped through a door on the roof.
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