2 fires burn 200 acres in Pa., arson suspected

Monday, April 05, 2010

Arson may have contributed to a pair of northeastern Pennsylvania wildfires that authorities say burned up to 200 acres of forest land.

Authorities say firefighters battled one brush fire apparently started by a campfire on Saturday outside Scranton. But a second fire started Sunday may be a case of arson.

No injuries were reported and no homes or businesses were threatened by the fires. The second blaze was expected to die out Monday morning.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources fire inspector Jerry Barone says both fires remain under investigation. But vandalism to a tanker truck stuck in the woods following the first fire leads him to suspect the second fire was intentionally set.

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