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Man accused of setting early-morning garage fire in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A garage fire in Bethlehem has been ruled an arson.

Terrance Morgan, 39, is accused of intentionally setting the fire early Wednesday morning in the 100 block of East Morton Street, police said.

Flames broke out in the attached garage shortly after 3 a.m.

Three residents were still sleeping inside the connected home when Bethlehem police officers arrived at the scene. The officers forced open the front door, woke up the residents and helped them get out safely, said Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio.

Firefighters put out the flames but the garage and part of the adjoining wall appeared heavily damaged.

The fire marshal, detectives and the Bethlehem arson K-9, Silver, investigated the fire and determined it was an arson.

Morgan, of North Whitehall Township, is charged with several counts of arson and causing or risking a catastrophe. Police did not offer a motive for the arson.

"I would thank the BPD Patrol Officers who responded to this fire call and took quick action in evacuating the three citizens..." DiLuzio said in a news release. "Your quick and decisive actions probably saved these citizens from injury."

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