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Firefighters frustrated with rash of suspicious New Castle fires



NEW CASTLE, Pa. - Authorities are investigating a fourth suspicious fire in the past two weeks in Lawrence County.

Firefighters were called to a vacant home on East Washington Street in New Castle about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

According to officials, the flames spread from the first floor of the home to the second before crews were able to control the blaze. It took firefighters about 90 minutes to completely extinguish the blaze.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Fire Chief Tom Maciarello told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that the fire is suspicious, and it remains under investigation.

Maciarello said he’s angry that his men are fighting “unnecessary fires.”

“I’m angry because this doesn’t have to happen, but we had to go. One of my guys got hurt putting this out all for no reason,” Marciarello said. “We’re watching you and we’re going to get you.”

Anyone with information on the fires is asked to contact police.