Thursday, May 4, 2023

Shenandoah Fire Ruled Arson

A fire in an abandoned home in Shenandoah early Thursday has been ruled arson.

At 12:01am, Thursday, emergency personnel were called to a house fire at 215 East Cherry Street in Shenandoah.  The call came in when someone saw smoke coming from the roof of the abandoned home.

Firefighters from Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, and Frackville were quick to respond and contained the fire to the attic of the home and marked it under control within 30 minutes.

According to Shenandoah Fire Chief Rick Examitas, on Thursday morning, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Joseph Hall was on scene to investigate.

Trooper Hall ruled that the incident was a case of arson.

This incident continues a trend of arsons in the borough since December 30th, 2022.  This will mark the 4th arson within the borough since that date.

The fires included a fire at 327 West Arlington Street on December 30th, a fire at 4 South Grant Street on March 2nd, and 301 Furnace Street in the Turkey Run section of the borough.

All four fires have started in the early morning hours.

Residents are asked to remain alert to anything suspicious and to call 911 or contact the Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville by calling (570) 874-5300.