Two Fires, Both Ruled Arson in Elk and Jefferson Counties

Two fires broke out within the past week in Elk and Jefferson counties, and investigators have now determined that both were arson.

The first started Thursday night at about 9:30. The fire destroyed approximately 70 hay bales in Washington Township, Jefferson County, belonging to Donald Raybuck of Reynoldsville.

The state police fire marshal and the fire chief from the Friendship Hose Co. determined that the fire was incendiary, and the investigation continues. Damage in the Jefferson County fire is estimated at $1,400.

Anyone with information on the Jefferson County fire should call police at 371-4652.

On Sunday at about 12:30 a.m., firefighters were called to a blaze in an abandoned mobile home in Ridgway Township, Elk County.

The fire started in the southern portion of a 12-foot-by-47-foot home, causing about $1,000 in damage, according to state police fire marshal Cpl. Thomas E. Josephson.

The mobile home was found to be a total loss.

Anyone who has information that could assist investigators looking into the Elk County fire should call police at 776-5136.

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