Carlisle man arrested for arson

Carlisle/West Shore

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) —  According to Carlisle police, they have arrested a man for arson.

John Petonyak II, 41, faces nine arson-related charges.

Saturday morning around 2:05 a.m. Carlisle police and local firefighters responded to Little Caesars Pizza for a dumpster fire.

Then around 2:20 a.m., another fire was reported at Pennsylvania Counseling Services. Several large plastic recycling containers were on fire and had damaged part of the building.

Police say there was a third intentional attempt to start a fire at Hoffman Funeral Home. Pieces of an American flag were placed into the fuel opening of a vehicle and set on fire.

The fire didn’t spread to the fuel tank. Later Saturday morning, Petonyak was arrested and admitted he set the fires, police said.

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