Arson-plagued Coatesville on alert

January 17, 2009 8:35:23 PM PST
Several people were stopped throughout Saturday night as investigators are determined to stop the growing number of arson cases. On Saturday evening, Coatesville resident Denise Addision may have stopped another house from going up in smoke by reporting what she saw, but she couldn't stop the intentional torching of patio furniture in a backyard on Charles Street.

Coatesville Police went on high alert.

Earlier in the day, firefighters were called out to the 200 block of West Lincoln Highway around 5:30 a.m. where they found a home well involved in fire and quickly called in a second alarm.

At the same time this fire came in, a second fire was reported a few blocks away in the 200 block of West Diamond Street.

Firefighters there were able to make quick work of that blaze.

In all, two duplexes burned, consuming a total of four homes.

Amarliano Fields' barber shop was near the blaze on West Diamond.

The shop was open at 5:00 a.m. and Fields offered shelter to those forced out into the cold.

Firefighters gave Fields smoke detectors to distribute to nervous neighbors who have heard rumors that a gang is starting the fires as part of an iniation process.

Both fires are being called suspicious. Arson investigators are on the scene.

Fire is no stranger to this community.

Police made an arson arrest earlier this month, but it appears there is still a firebug out there.

Back on January 12th, investigators said they were investigating two arsons, making it seven arsons since the first of the year.

That's in addition to 10 last year in Coatesville.

Coatesville fire investigators were unavailable for comment, but they are urging residents to remove items from around their homes that could easily be set on fire and to remain vigilant.

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