Arson in Southeast Pennsylvania Reignites Fears

March 16, 2009

Authorities say there has been another arson in the suburban Philadelphia city of Coatesville.

The 1:30 a.m. blaze struck two homes on East Valley Road in the city, and firefighters say they were badly damaged.

John Hageman of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the latest blaze was deliberately set.

It’s the 20th arson in the city this year. The Chester County Arson Task Force is also investigating seven fires outside the city.

A 19-year-old man was held for trial Friday in connection with blazes between Jan. 2 and Feb. 3. They included a massive fire that severely damaged 15 row homes.

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