Man arrested after fires set, jugs of gasoline found at abandoned West Philadelphia home

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested a man on arson charges after several fires were set and more than 150 milk jugs filled with gasoline were found at a vacant West Philadelphia home.

Darren Arnold, 37, was arrested at the 1000 block of Oregon Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.

He was wanted in connection with multiple fires in August 2022 at the 100 block of N. 59th Street.

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Rescue workers arrived on the scene on August 1 after neighbors reported a strong smell of gas coming from the house.

The Department of Permits and Inspections and the Fire Department removed dozens of containers from the home and packed them in larger drums.

Why Arnold allegedly wanted to set fire to the house several times is unclear.

Neighbors accused him of sneaking in through the back of the house as the front was boarded up.

After his arrest, Arnold was taken to the Southwest Detective Division of the Philadelphia Police for processing.

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