Flames spread to 3 homes, send woman jumping to safety; arson suspected

Flames spread to 3 homes, send woman jumping to safety; arson suspected

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — Arson is being blamed for three house fires Sunday night in Beaver Falls that forced a woman to jump to safety, officials said.

The fire started about 10 p.m. on the front porch of one home on 26th Street before the flames spread to two other homes, investigators said.

A woman in the home where the fire started escaped the flames by jumping from her second-floor bedroom window onto a porch roof. She then jumped safely to the ground, officials said.

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“The fire marshal is investigating, as well as our investigator and police department to try to determine who is the blame for this,” Beaver Falls Fire Chief Mark Stowe said.

A motive has not been determined, and officials could not comment on what was found on the porch to start the fire.

Three people were displaced by the fire. They are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.