The St. Marys City Police and Crystal
Fire Department recognize the concerns that the citizens have regarding
the recent fires that have occurred. We want to assure the community
that we are working very hard to resolve those investigations and are
committed to doing all that we can while working with the Pennsylvania
State Police Fire Marshal and other agencies to make that happen.
In the meantime, we would like to offer some safety suggestions for
citizens to follow:
Report any suspicious activity or people in your neighborhoods; utilize
lighting with motion sensors; we ask that neighbors look out for each
We have more work to do and want our citizens to know that their
well-being and safety are first and foremost in our minds. Do not
hesitate to call police for anything that appears out of place or to
report information that you may have heard regarding the fires.
The following is a recap from the Crystal Fire Department of the recent
fire alarms which occurred in St. Marys. With all the recent fires and
media coverage, the CFD would like to chronologically list the recent
fires and a few facts surrounding them:
On July 9 at 11:36 p.m., the fire department was called to North St.
Marys Street for a camper on fire. The fire destroyed the camper and
damaged the house and a vehicle next to it. The cause of this fire is
still under investigation and the cause has not yet been determined.
There are some reports out that this was arson. (Editor's note: A report
from the PSP Fire Marshal reported this incident as an arson.)
On July 10 at 10:50 p.m., the fire chief and police were called to
investigate a car fire on Rettger Street. On arrival, it was found that
the front driver's seat of a vehicle had been burned and this was
determined to have been arson. The car suffered minor damage and is
On July 10 at 4:46 a.m., the fire department was called out to Berwind
Street for a shed fire. The shed and all its contents were destroyed.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation and the cause has
not yet been determined.
On July 12 at 4:14 a.m., the fire department was called out to Elk
Regional Health Center for an activated alarm. There was no fire and it
was determined to be dust in the sensor.
On July 14 at 4:24 a.m., the fire department was called out for a
structure fire at 137 Lynch Rd. The fire caused heavy damage to the
structure and the cause was determined to be arson. This fire is still
The Crystal Fire Department would like to remind everyone of these very
important fire safety tips: Install smoke detectors; check the batteries
in your smoke detectors regularly; install carbon monoxide detectors; do
not store flammable products in your house; inspect your homes and
businesses for any fire hazards; and know your escape route and
pre-designated meeting place.