PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police have found the answer to a string of mysterious fires at a farm in Butler County.
A juvenile has been charged with setting three fires — the family’s 17-year old daughter. According to state police, she was evaluated over the weekend at a psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh.
That’s where police say she admitted to setting the fires.
The farm, located in Clearfield Township, has significant property damage and likely won’t be able to operate because of the fires. Once the family learned it was their daughter who was responsible, the real hurt set in.
“The family is very upset about it, very distraught,” Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Jeff Creede said. “They’ve been very cooperative with our investigation. At this point in time they’re very concerned about getting their daughter the help that she needs.”
Charges against the 17-year old girl were filed in Butler County juvenile court.
“At this point in time, we’re looking at anger issues,” Creede said when asked what the motive was for setting the fires. “That’s all that we’re going to say at this point in time.”
In all, there were three fires in two weeks. The first was in a barn, the second in the family residence and the third in the suspect’s grandmother’s residence.
The 17-year old remains in a psychiatric hospital.