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Co-workers directed police to man who allegedly set fire to trucking company, investigators say 


Co-workers helped police determine who to suspect in a recent fire at a trucking company, authorities say. 

39-year-old Anthony Dick is believed to have set fire to his place of work at Estes Express Lines in Mahoning Township, Pennsylvania on August 24th. 

According to WFMZ 69 News, police began questioning people about the fire after the incident, and were directed to speak to Dick by several employees. Those employees told investigators that, on the day of the fire, Dick had already extinguished a fire after walking out of a bathroom and another fire that broke out in an area not frequented by employees. This made for three fires in one day at the same location. 

When asked, Dick agreed to let police search his backpack, where they found a flint and steel fire starter. Dick told police he was carrying the materials in his backpack because he had recently been camping. However, after more questioning Dick began to change his story from denial to an admittance of accidentally starting a fire after backing into a flammable skid.

Investigators have since determined that the destructive fire on August 24th could not have been accidental. The Estes Express Lines Mahoning Township has since been forced to temporarily shut down. 

There is still no word on whether a fire at the same location two weeks ago is related to the August 24th incident. Dick is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on September 7.


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