2 vehicles burn; arson suspected

LOCK HAVEN – Two vehicles were extensively damaged by fire Wednesday night in Strawberry Alley and circumstances surrounding the blazes are suspicious, according to City Police Chief Elwood “Skip” Hocker. A third vehicle parked nearby sustained lighter heat damage.

The alley runs between East and West Park streets, and the incident took place near Myrtle Street, according to the Clinton County Communications Center.

The heavily damaged vehicles were a 2001 Suzuki owned by a 35-year-old Lock Haven man and a 2004 Ford owned by a 39-year-old Lock Haven man, city police said. The third vehicle that sustained lighter heat damage was a 2000 Dodge owned by a 42-year-old Lock Haven woman.

City police and the Lock Haven Fire Department responded around 10:40 p.m. Deputy Fire Chief Norman Wolfrom said it took 45 minutes to extinguish the flames because water would not work on the type of metal that had caught fire.

Two of the vehicles were so severely damaged they had to be towed from the scene, Hocker said.

City police continue to investigate, the chief said, and a state police fire marshal has been called in to determine if the blazes were arson. At this point, Wolfrom said, the cause is unknown, but the vehicles were totaled.