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Lancaster man says 'voices' told him to set fire

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A Lancaster man told police that "voices" told him to set a car fire that is one of two since the weekend that investigators believe were intentionally started.

According to court documents, 34-year-old Matthew J. Rosing admitted to police that he opened the unlocked door of the 1995 Mercury Cougar and intentionally held a flaming lighter to the front driver's seat until it began to burn.

Rosing has been charged with arson for the fire Monday morning at a parking lot in the 300 block of Harrisburg Avenue.

Rosing had been standing in the area and had been watching the fire when emergency crews arrived at around 6:30 a.m., documents state.

A police officer asked him if he knew anything about the fire, and he replied that "voices in his head" told him to burn the car, according to the court papers.

He admitted to the crime again during a police interview, documents state.

Lancaster Bureau of Fire Captain Ken Barton said another car fire over the weekend was not discovered until this morning, and is a suspected case of arson.

That fire occurred in a fenced parking lot at a business in the 800 block of Hazel Street.


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