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Police seek pickup driver in Belvedere Hotel fire investigation

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Pennsylvania State Police
State police want to find the driver of this pickup, seen in the area of the Belvedere Hotel in Oklahoma Borough on July 23, 2019.
Mary Ann Thomas | Tribune-Review
The remains of the former Belvedere Hotel in Oklahoma Borough after fire destroyed the historic building on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

State police want to find the driver of a pickup seen in the area of the Belvedere Hotel in Oklahoma Borough before it was destroyed by fire July 23.

State police said on Twitter that a Dodge Ram made between 1999 and 2002 was seen in the area shortly before the fire started around 11:30 p.m. that day.

“We are hoping the driver has information to help us,” state police said.

Anyone who can help identify the vehicle is asked to contact state police at 724-832-3288.

Earlier this month, state police said they wanted to talk with two people who were captured on a security camera walking near the hotel.

A state police spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on the status of the search for those people.

The historic four-story hotel had been vacant and in disrepair for years. It was destroyed in only 10 minutes in a fire that authorities described as suspicious.

Details of a cleanup plan will be released to the public on Thursday, according to Lee Schumaker, code enforcement officer for Oklahoma Borough.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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