Arson suspected in car fires

Fire in­vest­ig­at­ors be­lieve that ar­son­ists were re­spons­ible for burn­ing five parked, un­at­ten­ded cars on Wissi­nom­ing streets early Sunday.

Phil­adelphia po­lice, then fire­fight­ers, were called to the 5700 block of Cot­tage St. at 4:12 a.m. after re­ceiv­ing 911 calls about sev­er­al flam­ing vehicles. Then they dis­covered a fifth burn­ing vehicle around the corner on the 1900 block of Chel­ten­ham Ave.

The flames were de­clared un­der con­trol at 4:26 a.m., said Capt. Jef­frey Thompson, a fire de­part­ment spokes­man. The dam­aged vehicles in­cluded a Honda Civic, a Toyota Co­rolla and a Dodge Cara­van, in ad­di­tion to two oth­er un­spe­cified cars.

The fire mar­shal con­tin­ues to in­vest­ig­ate the spe­cif­ic cause of the fire, but po­lice de­tect­ives have picked up the case be­cause of the sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.

No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted. Au­thor­it­ies have re­leased no in­form­a­tion about sus­pects.

Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. ••

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