Teens Tied to Pa. Fire Company Charged with Arson

Sept. 13, 2013
The two are charged with six fires including the massive blaze Wednesday night at an abandoned factor in Sellersville.

Sept. 13--Bucks County authorities said two teens associated with Sellersville Fire Company have set a half-dozen fires, including a massive blaze Wednesday night at an abandoned factory in Sellersville.

Cody Wagenseller, 18, and Adam K. Weaver, 19, are both charged with arson, criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit arson. They were sent to the county prison under $200,000 bail each.

Wagenseller is a probationary member of the Sellersville department and Weaver is a former member, according to police. Both admitted setting the fires, authorities said.

Perkasie police, who cover Sellersville, said fire company members "are both angered and deeply disappointed."

"[The Sellersville Fire Company] would like the public to understand that the actions of these young adults do not represent the long-standing record of excellence" by the fire company, police said.

The old factory that burned Wednesday night was at Maple and Lawn avenues. Police said it took more than 200 firefighters from Bucks and Montgomery counties to get the blaze under control.

The fire damaged multiple floors of the building, which is owned by the borough, but no one was hurt. A damage estimate was not yet available.

Pennridge Regional police said Wagenseller and Weaver are also charged with setting the following fires in neighboring West Rockhill Township:

-- Aug. 22 fire at a storage building owned by West Rockhill in the 400 block of Ridge Valley Road

-- Aug. 24 brush fire in the 1000 block of Catch Basin Road

-- Aug. 25 fire in a garbage container at Elkay Manufacturing, 95 E. Old State Road

-- Aug. 28 fire in a garbage container behind West Rockhill Elementary School

-- Aug. 31 fire in a garbage container at the West Rockhill Township building in the 1700 block of Ridge Road

-- Pamela Lehman

Copyright 2013 - The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

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