Arson charges filed in Frankford blaze

Fed­er­al pro­sec­utors have filed ar­son charges against two men who al­legedly set a four-alarm fire that gut­ted a Frank­ford fact­ory and shut down train ser­vice on Amtrak’s North­east Cor­ridor in Decem­ber 2012.

United States At­tor­ney Zane Dav­id Memeger on Fri­day an­nounced grand jury in­dict­ments against James Pickup, 30, and Shawn Work­man, 20, both of Phil­adelphia. The pair al­legedly broke in­to Arco Sales Com­pany, at 2211 Wakeling St., on Dec. 16, 2012, and stole com­puter equip­ment and li­quor. They left the busi­ness, but re­turned later that morn­ing, set­ting the fire to des­troy any evid­ence of the burg­lary, ac­cord­ing to the pro­sec­utor.

Arco man­u­fac­tured and sold re­new­able and non­re­new­able air­craft, mis­sile com­pon­ents and Nav­al items to fed­er­al gov­ern­ment agen­cies. The ar­son res­ul­ted in a four-alarm fire that began at about 6:30 a.m. and burned for more than two hours be­fore fire­fight­ers de­clared it un­der con­trol.

Amtrak and SEPTA train traffic on the ad­ja­cent com­muter rail­road was hal­ted dur­ing the blaze. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted. A neigh­bor­ing build­ing may have sus­tained wa­ter and smoke dam­age.

If con­victed, the de­fend­ants face man­dat­ory min­im­um sen­tences of five years in pris­on and up to 20 years in pris­on, along with $250,000 fines and pro­ba­tion. •• 

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