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July 10, 2014

Police: Two house fires were arson

NEW CASTLE — Police said fires that destroyed two vacant houses last week were deliberately set.

The fires — at 712 Chestnut St. and at 612 Old Long Ave. — broke out about an hour apart, according to New Castle police and fire officials.

The fire in the two-story house on Old Long Avenue was reported around 10:40 p.m. Friday. New Castle police said the house had been vacant for about three years and the yard was overgrown. The fire was determined to have started on the back wooden porch, spread to the rear wall, then upward into the attic.

New Castle fire investigators said they noticed an obvious pour pattern on the back porch deck. No utilities were connected.

Police said the blaze on Chestnut Street started in the rear portion of the house around 11:50 p.m. The single-story wood frame house was not visible from the street, police said, and was at the back side of a wooded vacant lot that was overgrown with brush.

The fire started in a stairwell and spread from a rear inside wall to the attic and roof. No utilities were connected to that house, police said, noting it had been vacant for about 10 years.

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