Fire That Destroyed 24-Foot Trailer in Palmer Township, PA, Labeled Suspicious

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Tony Rhodin

The Express-Times


A 24-foot tow-behind trailer caught fire early Wednesday morning to the rear of a property in Palmer Township and authorities have labeled the blaze suspicious.

The fire in a paper alley at 2931 Jones Blvd. was well underway by the time the first call came in at 4:23 a.m. and the trailer burned to the bare frame, Palmer Municipal Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Alercia told

The fire was quickly put out, Alercia added.

Because not much is left of the trailer, investigators are not sure where the fire started, Alercia said. But because the trailer had not been used in months, because it had no electric or propane hooked up and because of the early morning hour, the fire is being investigated as suspicious, he said. It is a criminal probe, he added.

The trailer did not belong to property owners and as of late Wednesday morning, authorities had not identified the owner, Alercia said.

The trailer is a total loss, Alercia said. No one was injured.

It was the second fire in the past day involving something on wheels in the township, Alercia said.

Just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a street sweeper caught fire on Corriere Road at Van Buren Road, Alercia said.

A rear tire blew out and apparently damaged hydraulic lines, including the brakes, igniting a fire that burned low on the vehicle, Alercia said. It eventually reached into the hopper but was quickly knocked down by a township firefighter. Alercia said. No one was hurt.

Martin’s Power Sweeping, of Upper Nazareth Township, told authorities that the vehicle was fixable and would “be good as new”, Alercia said.

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