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Man arrested after fire in Lower Allen Township

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Several fire crews responded to an early morning house fire in Lower Allen Township. It broke out around 6:15 a.m. along the 1900 block of Letchworth Drive.

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A man is arrested at a fire in Lower Allen Township Tuesday morning. Lower Allen Township police say when they got to the scene, a tenant of the Letchworth Avenue home was standing in the driveway. Police tried to get the man to step back from the house for his safety but he wouldn’t cooperate. Police say the man was drunk and fought back as they tried to put him in the back of a car. The man kicked while in the back of the car causing minor damage.

Police have not released the name of the man but say they have a history of responding to the house that he rents for drugs and other issues. Police are investigating to see if the fire may have been set intentionally but they do not believe that to be the case at this point.

Police and fire crews responding to a second floor fire in a Cumberland County house arrested a drunk and violent man after he tried to kick the window out of a police car.

Fire crews responded to a small fire at 1916 Letchworth Drive in Lower Allen Township around 6 a.m. this morning.  When they got on scene, the tenant of the house was waiting outside and appeared to be intoxicated.  Police, who have had several contacts with the man, from claims of drug sales to threats, put him in the back of the police car to make sure he didn’t get in the way of the firefighting operations.

Firefighters quickly put out the flames, making sure the damage was kept only to the second floor.  However, the man, who police have yet to identify, tried to kick out the window of the police car while sitting in the back.  Police forcefully removed him from the back of the car and took him away in another car.  The window never broke, but the glass bowed out and the force of the kick broke some trim on the car.

The man is being charged with public drunkenness and institutional vandalism.  Investigators will try and determine what caused the fire.  At this point, Police Chief Frank Williamson does not believe the fire was intentionally set.

No one was hurt during the firefighting or the scuffle.

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Several fire crews responded to an early morning house fire in Lower Allen Township. It broke out around 6:15 a.m. along the 1900 block of Letchworth Drive.

No word yet on the exact cause.

The homeowner reported smelling smoke coming from the attic of the home and called 911.

No injuries have been reported.

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