Nanticoke Garage Fire Ruled Arson

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Investigators in Nanticoke said Thursday a fire that destroyed a garage is a case of arson and two juveniles are responsible for setting it.

The fire comes after two fires in the city that police believe may be suspicious as well.

Fire crews clogged Arch Street in Nanticoke as they worked to bring the garage fire under control.

The homeowner's daughter said the garage is a total loss and so is the boat that was stored inside.

“It's to the ground, it's to the ground,” said Elaine Rasmus. “We were just going to move a boat that was in there out of there today, but it had flat tires so we didn't get a chance to move that, but there's a 23 1/2 foot Glastron boat went with it, everything's melted.”

Rasmus added she and her father have not been living at the house since it was hit hard during the September floods. She said hearing that police believe two juveniles set the fire makes her feel victimized once again.

“It's sad that somebody did that. They used an accelerant to start the fire,” said Rasmus.

A state police fire marshal said the two juveniles will be arrested for this arson.

Robert Zaremba works at the beer distributor across from the Rasmus’ home and said it's upsetting to hear that children are responsible.

“It's just unbelievable that kids are starting earlier and earlier, younger and younger, starting fires and things could escalate, leading up to other things,” said Zaremba.

Police said this fire comes after two other recent fires in the city that investigators said appear suspicious.

One of those fires broke out on Monday on the back porch of an apartment building on West Union Street and a state police fire marshal was called in.

People said the recent fire activity also has them concerned as well.

“Oh sure, sure, West Union Street, between my brother's house and the pizza parlor, and now this,” said Rasmus. “And all over town it's the same. You can't sleep at night.”

“I love this city. I grew up in this city. It's just going downhill,” said Zaremba.