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Fires in Girardville listed as arson

The police chief in Girardville says someone set three fires overnight in the borough in Schuylkill County.


This is what Daniel Cress from Girardville woke up to at 2:30 Thursday morning: sirens as crews rushed to a fire just a block away from his home on B Street.

"It's scary cause you don't if somebody is in it or not or if somebody got hurt," says Cress of Rangers Hose Company.

Just as crews knocked down the flames, two other fires started just down the road.

"They lit a garbage can on fire and then they went to the walking path up at the end of town and lit another fire."

Pennsylvania State Police ruled all three fires arson; Putting residents in Girardville on edge.

"They're definitely going to be nervous. I mean it's like who's place is going to be next? It could be anybody's home."

The borough council president, Charles Marquardt says, "We're worried because he has other properties on that street that maybe nobody's living in that have garages and sheds and stuff like that and that's throughout the entire town."

And with the three fires just happening minutes apart from each other on B Street in Giardville, officials are turning to the public to help with the investigation

Marquardt says, "We're hoping that if anybody has any video cameras on their property, that they could look at the video cameras and see anything suspicious on it."


Police are investigating a string of arsons in Schuylkill County.

The police chief in Girardville says someone set three fires overnight in the borough.

State police someone started a garage fire, a receptacle fire, and a brush fire in the area of B Street.

Video on Facebook shows a garage fire off Vine Street early Thursday.

Police have not said if they have any suspects in the suspicious fires.

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