Arson suspected in two of three Philadelphia fires
Monday, December 2, 2013 5:00 AM
Arson is suspected in two of three fires over the long Thanksgiving holiday in Philadelphia.
Separate fires that destroyed a concession stand at Philadelphia High School and one at McKee's Pawn that damaged equipment have been ruled arson by the city fire investigator.
Both fires were reported shortly after 5 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.
Fire Investigator Steve Copeland confirmed Monday that evidence from the concession stand at the high school on Byrd Avenue near downtown points to arson, including a candy sucker discovered a few feet from the scene that points to possible theft as a motive.
At McKee's on east Main Street, a pair of weed eaters and a security screen were damaged by the fire, Copeland said. Possible video evidence of the crime has also been discovered.
No cause for either fire has been determined, but Copeland said samples from both scenes have been sent to the state crime lab. Results are expected back in about a week.
A third fire downtown on Thanksgiving morning that damaged a beauty salon and adjacent law office was ruled accidental, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.
See Wednesday's Democrat for more information.