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November 15, 2012

Arlington Avenue blaze called arson

NEW CASTLE — New Castle firemen have determined arson as the cause of a blaze that destroyed an Arlington Avenue house.

Chief Tom Maciarello said New Castle firemen made the arson determination at the scene.

Firemen were called to 734 Arlington Ave. at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday. They remained at the scene until 9:30 p.m. and were called back about 9:30 a.m. yesterday when the fire rekindled.

Maciarello said the building, owned by James Mims, was vacant at the time of the fire.

The chief estimated the value of the building at $25,000, and said, “it is a total loss.”

He said he does not know at this time how the fire started.

He added that the heat from the blaze resulted in damage to the neighboring home at 432 Arlington Ave. Siding on that house buckled, he said, due to the heat.

In addition, one city fireman, Craig Wethli, was injured when he fell through a hole on the second floor of the structure.

The chief said Wethli sought no medical treatment on Wednesday night, but said the man’s knee is swollen and he has since been seen by a doctor.

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