The Pennsylvania State Police Troop N - Hazleton Station is investigating a fire in an unoccupied side of a double block home located at 148 Washington Street, Foster Township, Luzerne County, that occurred on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 1714 hours.
Foster Township Fire Department and multiple mutual aid departments responded and extinguished the fire.
The State Police Fire Marshal Unit responded to the scene to investigate, where it was determined the fire was intentionally set.
Investigators believe there may have been one or two individuals squatting in the home where the fire occurred. Residents in the area reported seeing two individuals walking around the neighborhood in the days prior to the fire.
Investigators believe the two individuals do not have a permanent residence and they frequently roam around the Freeland area.
The individuals were last seen wearing dark color clothing, winter hats and backpacks and are described as female with a small build.
Anyone with information regarding the identities of the two individuals that may have been staying at 148 Washington Street please contact the Hazleton State Police Barracks, Fire Marshal Unit at 570-459-3890 or anonymously contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=107
All callers to Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD for information that leads to an arrest, the solving of a crime/cold case or the location of a wanted person/fugitive or missing persons.
All information is accurate as of Release Date.
Media Release #2923