Residents coping with arson spree

January 30, 2009 4:02:51 PM PST
Coatesville residents are slowly trying to return to normalcy, though, whoever has been setting fires across their town is still on the loose.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and State Police met with Coatesville police today.

While there are no breaks so far in finding whoever is responsible for this month's arson spree, the city is trying to implement means to deter further fires.

1000 motion detector lights were supposed to be handed at City Hall today, but residents were sent home empty-handed and told the lights won't be in until Monday.

"I didn't know that; I guess you can't do anything about it, you just stay safe and pray," resident Sara Merino said.

"I'm hoping for motion detector lights, I'm hoping we catch these people, I'm praying," resident Sean Purnell said.

Coatesville's fires have been fueled by trash and old furniture, so today, suburban leaders promised to lend trucks and manpower for a citywide cleanup.

"We want people of the city to help us by showing us what needs to be taken away and also to help load the trucks," West Bradford Township Manager, Jack Hines, Jr., said.

Police in nearby Downingtown think the saturation coverage of Coatesville's fires inspired two Downingtown teens to set fire destroying a Buick.

The kids told police they were motivated by the fires in Coatesville.

"Apparently the Coatesville fires are getting a lot of press, and now it seems that there may be some copycats that are trying to get some notoriety from the same type of activity," Lt. Howard Holland of the Downingtown Police said.

Downingtown police did arrest two teens in the car fire.

Investigators have determined they are not connected to the Coatesville fires.

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