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Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

Harrison police arrested a man early Monday morning in connection with a string of trash can fires in the Natrona section of the township.

James Vogle, 22, of Sycamore Street, confessed to setting that fire and seven others since April 23, according to Harrison police Chief Mike Klein.

The fires were set in the early morning hours at locations between Pine and Sycamore streets.

No one was injured by the fires; however, one fire caused minor damage to the siding of a nearby home, Klein said.

The chief said Officer Kenneth Hanzlik was on patrol when he encountered Vogle near Oak Alley. He stopped and spoke with Vogle, who seemed “extremely nervous” and talked about the recent fires.

After they ended their conversation, Hanzlik turned the bend and found a trash can fire on Spruce Street and some debris on fire in the alley that Vogle had just walked out of.

Hanzlik went back to talk to Vogle, who confessed, according to the chief.

Vogle is charged with eight counts each of arson, risking a catastrophe and reckless endangerment.

He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or

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