Man lights home on hearth throughout home incident in Bethlehem, police say

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A Bethlehem man is dealing with arson costs in reference to a home hearth.

That fireplace broke out within the 900 block of Carlton Ave. Wednesday night time. The person charged with arson is George Papaiannou. Bethlehem police inform us they got here out to the home as a result of Papaiannou’s mom instructed officers he tried to set a automotive on hearth, however once they arrived police stated he ran inside the home and began a fireplace, endangering himself and one other member of the family.

Neighbors Steve Chase and Louise Dickson inform us they watched as the fireplace grew and extra emergency crews responded.

“We had the entire mountain right here lined by police automobiles. I believe there have been in all probability 20 police automobiles and each hearth truck within the Metropolis of Bethlehem, together with the Hook and Ladder right here,” stated Chase.

“Once I noticed the smoke and the flames I am going oh my gosh now what subsequent?” stated Dickson.

Dickson stated the household is definitely fortunate as a result of she lives proper subsequent door, and the one hearth hydrant on the mountain occurs to be proper in entrance of her home.

“We have now one hearth hydrant that serves this whole hill up right here okay, luckily it was proper there,” stated Chase.

As hearth crews used that hydrant to combat the rising flames, police have been in a position to get the member of the family inside to security, and eventually persuade Papaiannou to come back out quietly.

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“We truly witnessed them taking him, detaining him and placing him within the police automotive,” stated Chase.

Papaiannou is now dealing with 5 costs, together with arson, in reference to the fireplace. Dickson stated she hopes he will get some assist.

“I’d like to see them get the assistance that they want. I do not know what that will appear to be, however I simply really feel actually sorry for this family the place they’ve had so many issues for therefore lengthy,” stated Dickson.

Papaiannou’s household was truly out on the home Thursday. We spoke together with his brother Steve. He stated his brother has been coping with psychological well being points for a while.

Bethlehem police stated they’re nonetheless investigating the fireplace at the moment.