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Three fires under investigation in State College
By: Lauren Hensley
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Three small fires in two days have officials in State College wondering if this could lead to a bigger problem. Fire crews had to battle back-to-back dumpster fires Monday along Calder Alley and East Beaver Avenue.
Just a mile away from that location in Lot Red A along Atherton Street on Penn States campus, a storage shed housing soccer equipment caught fire Tuesday. Campus police are calling the shed fire suspicious and they are working with State College police to determine if the shed fire and dumpster fires are related.
Typically in this region we work together, State College police department Lt. Chris Fishel said. So Im sure our detectives and their detectives are working together to follow the evidence and we are working together to determine if they are related, Lt. Fishel said.
Officials call fires that don't pose a severe threat nuisance fires. But that doesn't mean they can't cause a big problem especially for the men and women who risk their life to put them out.
Nuisance fires are not uncommon, Centre Region Council Governments fire director Steve Bair said. Not when you have a string of nuisance fires you are naturally concerned if you have the start of another problem so what you are watching for is frequency and escalation if there are bigger and bigger things."
The cause of the three fires was still unknown and police are asking for anyone with information to come forward.