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Frankford woman charged with setting 10 fires

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A Frank­ford wo­man has been charged with set­ting 10 fires in her neigh­bor­hood, two of which dis­placed sev­er­al fam­il­ies two week­ends ago.

Noelle Bil­brough, 36, of the 1600 block of Pratt St., was ar­res­ted May 22 on the 1600 block of Or­tho­dox St., said Steven Bartho­lomew, spokes­man for the fed­er­al Bur­eau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Fire­arms and Ex­plos­ives.

He said in­vest­ig­at­ors from the ATF City-Wide Ar­son Task Force said Bil­brough had set 10 fires in Frank­ford since April 19. No one was in­jured in those fires.

The Red Cross sheltered sev­er­al fam­il­ies after fires on the 4400 block of Paul St. and the 1600 block of Kin­sey St. forced them from their homes on May 19 and 20.

The task force, which com­prises in­vest­ig­at­ors from the Phil­adelphia fire mar­shal’s of­fice, city po­lice and the ATF, linked Bil­brough to fires set in or near:

• 4603 Frank­ford Ave.;

• 1249 Adams Ave.;

• 4600 Dit­man St.;

• 4400 Griscom St.;

• 4200 Kens­ing­ton Ave.;

• 1529 Sellers St. (twice);

• 4444 Paul St.;

• 1675 Kin­sey St.; and

• 4428 Frank­ford Ave.

Bartho­lomew said some of the fires were small, out­side build­ings or in vehicles.

Bil­brough has been charged with ar­son, caus­ing a cata­strophe, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and re­lated of­fenses. She has a crim­in­al re­cord in Phil­adelphia that goes back to 2006. She had been found guilty of pro­mot­ing pros­ti­tu­tion in 2006, ’07 and ’08. She also al­legedly vi­ol­ated her pro­ba­tion.

She is be­ing held in the River­side Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity on State Road. ••

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