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18 displaced after suspicious fires in Harrisburg

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Thirteen adults, five children and three pets were displaced by two early morning fires in Harrisburg, according to Harrisburg Fire Chief Robert Talloni. Two additional suspicious fires were reported Sunday.

No residents were injured in the fires Monday morning; however, one firefighter was sent to the hospital for dehydration. He was later released and went back to fight the fire.

The first fire broke out around 1:05 a.m. at a vacant row home at Susquehanna and Maclay Streets. Ultimately, the flames raced through seven of the eight row homes.

At 1:55 a.m., another fire was discovered at a vacant home at Penn and Maclay Streets. It was started on the porch of the home and also spread to nearby properties.

Harrisburg Police is handling the investigation. They said, witnesses said several young people in the area were seen playing with fire and may have caused the pair of fires.

Talloni said the department is looking to tear down row homes because of structural damage but must work through the proper channels because they buildings are classified as historic.

Harrisburg firefighters were assisted by neighboring departments.

Talloni said another suspicious fire was reported around the 300 block of S. 14th Street at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. He said it appears to be a case of arson but an official determination has not yet been made. There are no suspects in this case.

The department is also investigating another case of potential arson at 2223 Derry Street at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Harrisburg Police said a witness reported seeing two little boys start a fire on the front porch. There was minor damage.

Police do not believe either of these incidents are related to the two morning house fires.

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