Police in Mercer County asking for information on Sharon arsons

Pennsylvania State Police estimate there have been between 20 to 30 fires in the city of Sharon

The fourth vacant house fire in a week in Sharon.

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) –  Sharon’s police and fire chiefs are fed up with vacant house fires in their city.

There have been nearly 30 arsons in the past two years.

Police said someone has been deliberately setting fires to vacant and abandoned buildings in residential areas.

Now, they’re asking for help in solving the crimes.

The city has had 19 fires this year, 16 of which are suspicious.

Wednesday, Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith announced that they’re bringing in the Pennsylvania State Police to assist in the investigation.

Pennsylvania State Police said most of the fires are happening near the West Hill.

Sharon Fire Chief Robert Fiscus said it’s affecting their budget to pay fire and police overtime. Last year, they also had to tear down 12 houses, which can cost thousands of dollars each time.

Those with information on the crimes are asked to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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