"I wanted to turn it into a day care center for my sister to run," said Mangol of
He bought the house at
"On the chimney is a
Since the June deed transfer, Amish contractors had built a metal roof, and a wrap-around porch was just constructed.
"I put in thousands of dollars," he said. Mangol added that he had yet to insure the building.
A neighboring house, which he also owns, sustained heat damage to its vinyl facade.
Mangol was just turning to the interior work at 501 Sixth.
"There were no utilities turned on. No electric, gas or even water. I was going to turn that all on when I got closer to completing the house," said Mangol, who also bought an adjacent property.
"It's arson," Mangol said. "What else can it be?"
Chief says fire suspicious
Assistant fire Chief
Despite the intense fire that consumed parts of all three floors and blackened the walls and exterior including the new porch, the house remains standing.
"The fire apparently started on the inside rear corner and went up to the third floor and roof," Saliba said.
Firefighters from all three
Saliba said a state police deputy fire marshal from
The fire remains under investigation.
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