ERIE, Pa. — Erie police charged a 61-year-old man with arson in connection with a fire Tuesday afternoon at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
No one was injured and no serious damage was done, police said.
Police charged Steven Quigley, who they said was living in homeless shelters in Erie. He was arraigned and placed in the Erie County Prison on $50,000 bond.
Firefighters were called to the church at 130 E. Fourth St. for a fire at the church at about 2 p.m.
“There was a gentleman in the church that started a couple fires,” said Guy Santone, chief fire investigator for the Erie Bureau of Fire. “We had the police called in and got a good description off the (church’s video) cameras,” he said.
By Kym Gable – KDKA
NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — A second arson in Lawrence County may be related to a destructive fire at the high school football stadium.
Late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, callers to 911 reported heavy smoke coming from the field in New Castle.
“On closer inspection, we could see those things were foam taken from the goalposts and foam taken from the five-man sled that was sliced out, placed on the turf, and then lit on fire,” said New Castle Area School District Superintendent John Sarandrea
Damage to Taggart Stadium alone is estimated at $4,300.
Shortly before that blaze, Ashley Sambro got a frantic knock on her door from the fire department. Flames were shooting out of her backyard because someone set fire to her trampoline.
“My peace is gone,” said Sambro. “You never know whose back here or what they’re doing. My kids are upset cause their trampoline is gone. They did nothing to anybody.”
Sambro’s neighbor has surveillance cameras mounted on his home. Police are looking at footage that reportedly shows two young males setting that fire.
The superintendent says the school has a good idea who the culprits are.
“Obviously, we take this as a serious matter,” said Sarandrea.
By Adam Brandolph – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Three men will serve jail time for a series of arsons in McKeesport between January and May of last year that injured one firefighter and destroyed three vacant buildings, an Allegheny County judge ordered Wednesday.
Corey Sease, 23, of North Versailles and Jay Rocco, 26, and James Langer, 25, both of McKeesport, pleaded guilty in September to setting several fires over the five-month period.
Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams sentenced Sease to six to 12 months in jail and 10 years of probation; Rocco to nine to 18 months in jail and 20 years of probation; and Langer to one year of house arrest and 20 years of probation.
McKeesport police and the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fires and ruled them to be arsons.
By HoopieWorld.com / Photos by Dan Bender
As reported as breaking news on Hoopie World’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, during the afternoon on Thanksgiving 2013, firefighters from throughout Beaver county were dispatched to assist Aliquippa with two structures about a football field apart on fire on George Street. Both structures were vacant.
Arson is suspected, and the fires are under investigation.
By HoopieWorld.com – photos submitted
One person was arrested for allegedly setting a two alarm fire to a home on Ross Street in Duquesne after a domestic dispute.
Crews were dispatched for a residential structure fire with possible entrapment around 3am Sunday, with possible entrapment. The trapped person was actually the person who allegedly set the fire, and fought with authorities to leave the building.
Arriving fire units found the 2nd floor on fire and got the fire under control after about an hour. One firefighter was injured and treated for smoke inhalation.
No other injuries were reported.
By The Valley Independent
State and Charleroi Regional police are investigating a small porch fire that broke out Tuesday evening in Charleroi, according to the borough’s fire chief.
Charleroi Fire Chief Robert Whiten said the fire had been extinguished by the time his company responded around 9 p.m. at 710 Crest Ave.
Whiten said a section of wooden lattice had caught fire on a rear porch of the two-story residence that houses three families.
Whiten said one of the residents purportedly heard a noise on the porch, looked out and saw the fire before putting it out with a pot of water.
Whiten said the fire was “suspicious in nature” and that a state police fire marshal would investigate the incident further on Wednesday.
GLASSPORT (KDKA) – Fire officials say they are looking into a string of suspicious overnight fires.
The fires were all reported in the Glassport area, all within a couple of hours of each other.
The first fire started at an abandoned church on Ohio Avenue. After fire officials were able to get that fire out, several garage fires were reported nearby.
The two garage fires were in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue. About 15 minutes after those, another fire was reported on Cherry Way.
The County Fire Marshal, along with Glassport officials are looking into the fires. No word on possible suspects.