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Noon Update: Fires In Vacant Home, SUV Suspicious

SHICKSHINNY — A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate an early morning fire at a vacant house in Shickshinny and a vehicle fire less than a block away.

Tuesday morning’s fires come after two other fires at two vacant homes just a half mile away. A state police fire marshal calls all three of the fires that happened in Shickshinny and Mocanaqua in the past 24 hours suspicious.

Officials said the fire on North Susquehanna Avenue in Shickshinny was called in just after 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Neighbors said no one has lived in the house for years and they’re not even sure if there’s any electricity running through the house.

A few hours earlier, just a block away on North Canal Street in Shickshinny, there was a vehicle fire. It’s a Mercedes SUV that belongs to the mayor’s son.The mayor said the car is a complete loss.

On Monday across the river in Mocanaqua, there was another fire that investigators call suspicious.

Neighbors said the house on Main Street is also vacant.

Right next door to it is another house that burned down about four weeks ago. That fire has already been ruled arson.

With this string of fires, neighbors said they are convinced there’s some sort of connection.

Officials said they are continuing to investigate to determine the cause of the fires and if there is a connection.


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