Arson suspected in fire at Ashley Furniture; $1.5M damage

Pa. State Police, ATF investigating

ONTELAUNEE TWP., Pa. - State and federal investigators are now on the case of a suspected arson that caused more than a million dollars worth of damage to a furniture warehouse and its contents in Berks County.

A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal told 69 News on Friday that the fire at Ashley Furniture in Ontelaunee Township, near Leesport, on Thursday evening appears to have been intentionally set.

PSP detectives have been joined in the investigation by members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) as they try to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire, which went to two alarms.

While smoke and water damage to the building itself was reported to be minor, the fire did destroy or damage a significant amount of furniture, officials said. They estimated the damage amount to be $1.5 million.

No one was injured.

Anyone with information about the fire is urged to contact Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913. A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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