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Suspicious Fires Leave Vehicles Torched

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Fire gutted and burned Carol Sims Chevy Trailblazer overnight while it was parked in her driveway on Birwood.

She woke to the sight and sound of flames, then raced to protect her car and children.

"We got everyone out and my husband was out here with a hose until the fire company came," explained Sims.


"Sims' S-U-V is one of six vehicles found torched overnight in Northeast Philadelphia.

Lisa Pilotti's husband only had six more payments left on his burned out truck.

"Why, " she wondered out loud. "I  mean I don't know. You have to be not right in the head to do something like this."

Police are calling the fires suspicious.

All of them within a one mile radius of each other, all five locations called in or spotted within an hours time.

Two vans in the 8200 block of Castor  were the first to go up in flames around 3:20 Sunday morning.

A company called P.A.T.H  uses them to transport people with special needs.

"Senseless," said Jeff Brown the CEO of P.A.T.H "I  don't think people understand the consequences of what they do."

Investigators believe a flammable liquid poured around the driver's side doors of most of the vehicles started the fires

In a neighborhood of charred trucks and S-U-Vs  the Cioccas are counting their blessings. The  fire started in the bed of their truck, then spread to their house. Endangering their three children. Ages 8 to 3.

"Someone luckily was passing by and saw the truck was on fire," said Robin Ciocca. They knocked on door and helped us get the kids out. Thank God for good people."

Fortunately no one was hurt in any of the fires.

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