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Police investigate Aug. 9 Lower Swatara Twp. fire

By Laura Hayes

Posted 8/15/19

The fire is being investigated as a potential arson case, according to police.

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Police investigate Aug. 9 Lower Swatara Twp. fire


The Lower Swatara Police Department is investigating a potential arson case at a residence in the 1400 block of Georgetown Road following a fire in the basement.

Police responded to a townhouse at 1403 Georgetown Road at about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

“Based on the location and where the fire originated, it was deemed to be suspicious in nature,” Lower Swatara Police Chief Jeff Vargo said.

Lower Swatara Fire Chief John Weikle said the residence was occupied by a family, some of whom were home at the time of the fire. The family and firefighters were uninjured, he said. The family was displaced, however, according to Vargo.

Vargo said there was heavy smoke coming from the basement. Lower Swatara Fire Department responded along with an officer assigned to the Dauphin County arson unit.

Weikle said there was minor fire damage in the basement of the home and moderate smoke damage to the rest of the house.

“The fire was quickly located and extinguished by firefighters,” Weikle said.