Ephrata woman charged with arson after leaving the fire without alerting anyone

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Ephrata first responders were dispatched to the first block of West Main Street, Ephrata Borough, for a dwelling fire Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters extinguished a fire that had consumed the common wall of the second-floor hallway of the duplex.  Investigators interviewed neighbors and searched through surveillance footage from nearby businesses to develop a suspect.

Police have now charged the property owner, Robin M. Crouse, 36, with Arson.  Crouse admitted to difficulty dealing with personal problems, breaking out second-floor windows in the residence, and starting a fire in a metal tray as a source of heat.  When the fire spread to the wall, Crouse left the residence without notifying anyone of the fire.

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