Burglars broke into the local office of Clean Harbors Environmental on Route 15 in Armstrong Township, poured gasoline throughout the office and then torched two company-owned vehicles parked near the building early Thursday morning, state police said.
The burning vehicles were discovered just before 2 a.m., reportedly by a state trooper who was involved in a nearby vehicle stop and heard what sounded like a tire exploding, according to fire investigators.
South Williamsport volunteer firefighters were on the scene in a matter of minutes and quickly extinguished the fire, which engulfed a box-type truck and damaged a pickup truck.
Fire officials said the trucks were parked in the company's rear lot, about five feet apart from one another. The fire did not spread to the building, investigators said.
Based in Norwell, Mass., the company provides technical and field services, including "hazardous materials management and disposal services involving the collection, packaging, transporting, recycling and treatment and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste," according to company's website.
Cpl. Nicholas A. Loffredo, a state police fire marshal, was leading the investigation.
In addition to pouring gasoline throughout the office, the company's shop area was vandalized, Loffredo said.
"Anyone who was in the area at the time of the fire and may have seen anything is asked to call the state police at 570-368-5700," Loffredo said.
In a news release, Loffredo made no mention on whether investigators had a clue into the motive behind the break-in and arson.
A company spokesman told WNEP that "We have suffered no previous instances of vandalism at this facility, and we have a strong relationship with the local community, where we employ 25 people."
Investigators told WNEP they did not believe the crimes were attack on the fracking industry.