A spree of nine arson fires, thus far confined to neighborhoods in the city's Newberry section, has prompted Mayor Gabriel J. Campana to convene a town hall meeting Monday.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the West End Christian Community Center, West Fourth and Diamond streets.
"It's time to listen to residents' concerns and inform them without jeopardizing the investigation that we're on top of it," Campana said.
Four of the nine arson fires have been set in trash cans, Dumpsters or boxes.
As of Wednesday, police had no suspects, but city Bureau of Fire Chief C. Dean Heinbach said investigators have several questionable individuals.
Throughout the ordeal, Heinbach has urged residents to keep any flammable materials on their properties under lock and key. Police encourage residents to keep porch lights on and contact 911 if they see anything suspicious.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Town hall meeting on arson spree
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday
WHERE: West End Christian Community Center, West Fourth and Diamond streets
Foresman, Heinbach and city Codes Administrator Joe Gerardi are expected to be on hand at the meeting to gain feedback from neighbors and to offer advice.
When asked why hold a town hall meeting, Campana said the center is the hub of the Newberry community, where many people gather for social events. "It may give us an opportunity to gain some additional insight," Campana said.
The meeting room holds about 50 people, he said.