- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A soup kitchen that’s served Erie since 1974 is figuring out its next steps after its building was badly damaged by an intentionally set fire.

Police on Friday charged a 52-year-old Erie man with arson and other offenses for the blaze that started in a trash can at Emmaus Soup Kitchen, the Erie Times-News reported (https://bit.ly/1KKONbu).

The paper says food banks, city shelters and churches are offering their help.

Police say the suspect, Thomas Wilson Munch, described as a patron of the soup kitchen, was seen on video where the fire began. He was jailed on $75,000 bail late Friday and didn’t have a defense lawyer listed in online court records.

The extent of the damage hasn’t been determined, but officials say they don’t think the building was completely ruined.


Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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