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Arson suspected in 4 house fires

February 01, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Authorities said four house fires reported Saturday "share a commonality" with other intentionally set blazes that have plagued an area outside Philadelphia, but they wouldn't say if they were connected.

The suspected arsons were reported near Coatesville, which has been hit with more than 30 suspicious fires over the last year -- at least 17 of those since Jan. 1. Nearly all have been started on porches.

No injuries were reported in the latest fires, and only one house had significant damage.

A blaze last weekend burned through 15 row houses in Coatesville, prompting local officials to declare a state of emergency.

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