Police suspect arson in Harrisburg fire

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police believe an arsonist started a fire that displaced 15 people over the weekend.

The fire damaged three row homes in the 500 block of Seneca Street early Saturday.

Thirteen adults and two children lived in two of the homes.

The house where the fire started was vacant. An ABC 27 News source said the people who lived there were evicted Friday. Police said they have leads and are reviewing social media posts.

No one was injured.

Gloria Dibbon lived in her home for 36 years.

“We had a 1940 radio, we had a 1940 China closet, we had a 1900 Singer sewing machine that we’re just holding onto,” Dibbon said. “That’s memories. All that’s gone.”

Several neighbors said they heard explosions as the fire began at around 5 a.m.

“Something exploded. It was just blaze, sparks just flying all over,” Lisa Smith said.

“If it was a windy day, half the block would’ve went up,” Dibbon said.

The American Red Cross is helping the displaced families with food, shelter and clothing.

“Whatever problems you’re going through, you can’t destroy somebody else’s property,” Smith said.

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