- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

COATESVILLE, PA. (AP) - Two new fires make 22 for the year in the arson-plagued city of Coatesville, Pa.

The Chester County Arson Task Force says the blazes broke out late Friday on intersecting streets. Investigators determined that both fires were deliberately set. No damage or injuries were reported.

Details of the fires were not immediately released.

The number of arsons in Coatesville this year has reached 22. The latest fires come a week after a blaze badly damaged two homes in the distressed former steel town of 11,000 about 35 miles west of Philadelphia.

There have been at least 48 arsons in Coatesville since February 2008, and at least 18 additional arsons in nearby communities. Five people have been arrested.

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