Police search for arson suspect after West Philadelphia home goes up in flames 2 times in 1 week

Law enforcement sources tell Action News a warrant has been issued for Darren Arnold.

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Monday, August 8, 2022
Philly police search for arson suspect after second fire in 1 week
Local and federal officials are actively looking for Darren Arnold in connection with the fires.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Emergency crews responded early Sunday to another fire at a vacant West Philadelphia home where more than 150 jugs of gasoline were found last week.

The unusual and dangerous discovery occurred at around 8 p.m. last Monday in the home on the 100 block of 59th Street.

At 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, the home caught fire.

Then the house went up in flames again after midnight Sunday.

Neighbors say they want the man accused of starting the fires to be caught.

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"I got to sleep in the daytime when my son is awake and I'm up at night while he is asleep. Nobody can sleep; it's a bunch of elderly people around here," said Marla Haynes, who has lived in the neighborhood almost her entire life.

Police say they are looking for Darren Arnold, who is wanted for arson in connection with the fires.

Darren Arnold

Arnold spoke with Action News outside the home before the first fire, saying he knew nothing about the milk jugs filled with gasoline.

"We are all going to get to the bottom of everything about, you know, getting along with one another, figure out what happened. That's it," Arnold said.

Darren Arnold speaks to Action News after 154 jugs of gasoline were found inside a West Philadelphia home.

There was another fire at the home back in March.

Neighbors are fed up.

Residents told Action News they think Arnold enters the home through the back because it's dark and overgrown.

"That's what he does, he comes through the alleyway," said Haynes.

But also because the front is boarded up, and the back of the home is accessible.

"We all have our family, our children. We can't live our life right now, we're all walking on our tippy-toes with this," said neighbor Twana Tolliver.

Local and federal officials are actively looking for Arnold.

Police say if you have any information on his whereabouts you should call 911 right away.