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Fire at Vacant Home Owned By Phila. Councilwoman Under Investigation

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police and the fire marshal are investigating a burglary and possible arson at a West Kensington home belonging to a Philadelphia city councilwoman.

The burglary and fire happened around 5:30am at a home in the 2000 block of North Hancock Street, near Norris Square.  The home belongs to 7th District councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.

In a brief interview, Sánchez told KYW Newsradio that the house was unoccupied at the time.  She said it is no longer her primary residence and is currently up for sale.

The fire marshal is investigating this as a possible arson.  Councilwoman Sánchez said she is "not going to speculate" on who may have been responsible.

"We know it's a suspicious fire," she said this morning, "and we'll let the fire marshal and all the appropriate folks -- ATF and others are on the scene and they will do their investigation -- and let them determine what the issue is."

No one was injured in the fire.


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