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Chief: Arsonist's firebomb started row home fire

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A three-alarm fire that displaced 14 people in Harrisburg this morning has been ruled arson.

Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said someone used a firebomb to set fire to 2128 N. Fourth Street shortly before 6 a.m.

"Somebody threw a fire bomb at the building with the intention of burning it down and harming the occupants inside," Enterline said.

The fire spread to three other row homes before it was brought under control. Tina Chism and Francisco Ortiz lived in one of the homes with their 4-year-old grandson.

"Our neighbors showed up to show us that they actually do love us," Ortiz said. "At 5:30, people banging on the doors, 'Get out, the house is on fire. The house is on fire,' "

"I thought I seen Satan in that house, it was that bad of a fury of fire, like the pits of Hell," Chism said. "I mean it really was that bad."

Enterline said initial reports indicated that people were trapped in the building, but all residents were accounted for after a thorough search.

Those displaced were being assisted by the American Red Cross with food, clothing, and temporary shelter.

Firefighters from Steelton, Penbrook, Paxtang, Susquehanna Township, Lower Paxton Township, Swatara Township, Lower Allen Township, and the West Shore Bureau of Fire assisted in battling the blaze.

Anyone with information regarding the arson is asked to call Harrisburg police at 717-255-3183.


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