image Possible arsonist in Lansford

Screenshot of East Bertsch Street via Google Street View
Screenshot of East Bertsch Street via Google Street View

A homeowner on the 300 block of East Bertsch Street in Lansford received a phone call from the Lansford Fire Company Saturday night after someone allegedly decided to start a fire between the back door and screen door of her home.

Below is a comment Saturday night from Jan Swan on Facebook:
“Don’t know who, but someone tried to burn my home in Lansford down!
Just off the phone with Lansford Fire Department. It seems someone couldn’t get into the house and decided to start a fire between the back door and screendoor! WHAT is this world coming to!???!!!
UNBELIEVABLE!
Say a prayer please. It seems the person left a can with lighter fluid in it. Hopefully the police can get prints off it and find out who was responsible! GRRRRRR! Just makes me angry to think people would do such a thing! Someone could have been hurt if it wasn’t caught in time! THANK YOU GOD for small favors!”

Message from Lansford Police Department via Facebook:
“Lansford Police looking for INFORMATION:
Last night the LPD and LFD responded to a dwelling fire at 308 East Bertsch Street at about 10:15 PM. This fire is considered arson and is currently the primary focus of the LPD.
If anyone in that neighborhood saw or heard anything suspicious prior to, DURING or AFTER the fire, please call the Lansford PD at 570-645-5844. If anyone has or is aware of surveillance cameras in that area on either E Bertsch or E Kline Ave, please let us know asap!
If anyone has photos of the scene from last night, especially if there are any pictures of people watching the fire, save those pics and PLEASE CALL!
IF YOU KNOW WHO DID THIS PLEASE CALL…all calls will be considered confidential…”


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