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Residents Put on Alert Following Two Late Night Arson Incidents

by on May 19, 2014 7:15 AM

Two State College families are reported safe after two separate arson attacks late Sunday night.

But these fires could easily have caused a tragedy.

Police say both arson cases happened at nearly the same time and just a short distance apart.

The first fire was reported at 712 Windsor Ct., just a few minutes after 11 p.m.

A large wooden shed located behind the home at that address was set ablaze. By the time firefighters from Alpha Fire Department arrived the shed was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from reaching the house. The shed was destroyed. Police say the home was occupied at the time.

The second arson was reported at 11:16 p.m., just a few blocks away.

This time, the front porch of a home at 1037 Bayberry Drive was set on fire. Authorities say the people inside the home did not realize what was happening.

Fortunately, someone driving by spotted the flames and stopped to warn the residents. The fire was quickly put out but not before furniture and the front of the home were damaged. Investigators believe some type of accelerant was used to start the fire.

Police are asking nearby residents to check their property for any sign of fire and they're warning people to be on the alert.

If you have any information about the arson incidents, or may have seen suspicious activity, you should contact State College police at (814) 234-7150.

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