OC fire at East End shack appears intentionally set

From staff reports

No one was injured in a fire early Wednesday evening at a shack in the 800 block of East Second Street in Oil City.

Oil City fire Chief Derek Long told the newspaper Thursday it appeared as though the fire, which broke out at about 6 p.m., was set intentionally, but he added there is “nothing to go by.”

Long said the makeshift shack that someone was camping in had burned down by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

No one was around when firefighters arrived, Long said.

Oil City police Chief Dave Ragon said that at this point, police don’t know who started the fire or if anyone had been staying in the camp.

Ragon said police are continuing to investigate.

He described the shack as being made of a number of boards nailed to trees and covered with tarp. He added that it was on private property belonging to the Norfolk Southern railroad and was put up illegally.

Fire and police crews were on the scene for about half an hour, Long said.

Anyone who has information pertaining to the fire is asked to call Oil City police at (814) 678-3080 or the Oil City Fire Department at (814) 678-3061 or (814) 678-3062.