SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Another vacant house caught on fire in Sharon Thursday night, the fourth in just the last week.
Sharon, Farrell and Hermitage firefighters responded to vacant house fire at New Castle Avenue and Orchard Street around 9:30 p.m. The house is on the east side of the Shenango River and a few blocks south of State Street. Part of the crew was dedicated to making sure the neighboring house did not burn.
Two nights ago, there were three vacant house fires in the city. Fire Chief Robert Fiscus suspects arson in those cases.
“It’s a very tenuous and dangerous situation with the incidents of arson and suspicious fires,” said Fiscus. “At some point, someone will get hurt.”
To make sure his firefighters don’t get hurt, Fiscus also said he calls on surrounding fire departments for help.
“The Hermitage fire department provides a valuable asset and they’re here to strictly rescue us.”
Before Thursday night, 26 houses caught fire this year, which is more than one each week.
Fiscus said the city has about 200 vacant homes, but only has the funding to tear down ten a year. Those that burn will likely stay standing, adding to more blight in the neighborhood.