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Reward offered for information on PECO fire

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PECO has put up a $10,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the per­son or per­sons re­spons­ible for a late Oc­to­ber fire at the util­ity’s Holmes­burg sub­sta­tion.  This money, com­bined with $10,000 pre­vi­ously offered by the Phil­adelphia Field Di­vi­sion, Bur­eau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Fire­arms and Ex­plos­ives, brings the total re­ward to $20,000.

The in­cid­ent oc­curred at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, along the 4600 block of Rhawn St. Someone threw a flam­mable li­quid onto equip­ment and then ig­nited it. The fire set off alarms that brought PECO work­ers, who put it out. There was no loss of ser­vice. About a week be­fore, some­body had left a gas can with some sort of device at­tached to it on the prop­erty.

The ATF, the Phil­adelphia Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice, Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment and PECO cor­por­ate se­cur­ity are in­vest­ig­at­ing.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion should call the ATF 24/7 hot line at 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473) or e-mail AT­F­Tips@atf.gov 

“This is an ex­tremely ser­i­ous situ­ation. Tam­per­ing with elec­tric­al in­fra­struc­ture can be fatal to the per­son dam­aging our equip­ment. It also can cause ser­i­ous in­jur­ies to the pub­lic, our em­ploy­ees, fire­fight­ers and po­lice per­son­nel, and can cause severe dam­age to the com­munity and per­son­al prop­erty as well,” said PECO pres­id­ent and CEO Denis P. O’Bri­en. ••

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