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Tidioute Car Arson Spree Worries Town (6pm UPDATE)

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Charred remains of a car after arson fire Charred remains of a car after arson fire
An arson scare has residents in the small town of Tidioute in Warren county locking the doors of their homes, cars and garages tonight. Police have issued a 10:00 PM curfew for minors.

"This is not accusing any youth, but we want to protect our youth from injury in case this is a reoccurring event," said Stephen Vincent, Tidioute's police chief.

Seven cars were set on fire and three more severely keyed. The string of crimes started around 1:30 AM Sunday and continued until dawn. Fire crews from Tidioute worked to put out the flames of multiple fully involved car fires. West Hickory fire department assisted.

"This never happens. Small town like this, you don't lock your vehicles, your house, or anything, and this is what happened," said Kevin Stover, a Tidioute resident on Grant Street. One of his family's cars was targeted by the suspects, and now only the charred metal frames remain.

"It took the fire department a little longer to get here because they were fighting another one,"  he said. The crews were occupied batting a two-car arson near an apartment complex just one street away.
    
In addition to the curfew for minors, the city has imposed the curfew and issued the warning for all Tidioute residents to keep their homes and garages locked.

The crimes leaves the small Tidioute community of just 790 people reeling as town officials hunt for clues. A forensics officer from Pennsylvania State Police in Erie was dispatched to Tidioute to collect evidence, and a Franklin Township investigator was also on scene.

Officials ask anyone with information to call (814) 730-0441, or submit an anonymous tip with Warren County Crime Stoppers.
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