Share This Page

Arson suspected in Bell Township house fire

| Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

An early morning fire in Bell Township is under investigation after the owner said he spotted a man running from the burning home.

Kiski state police called the fire “suspicious.” A fire marshal was called to investigate.

William “Tim” Lalor Jr. and his fiancee Mariah arrived at their Millstone Road home around 3 a.m. after dinner with family and friends to find the bedroom engulfed in flames, the senior Lalor, who owns the property, said. Mariah immediately ran to Lalor's adjacent property for help, he said.

“We kicked in the door when the fire department came with hoses,” Lalor said. “The arsonist was in the house and ran out the back door.”

Lalor, 64, said he and his son, 31, chased after the man and were able to tackle him. They held onto him until police arrived, Lalor said.

The home is salvageable, but Lalor estimated damage to be at least $35,000.

“I'm sitting here with a burned house right now,” Lalor said. “My only concern was that I saw my two kids. I saw they were safe and that's what really matters.”

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.