Police Say This Man Tried to Set a South Philly House on Fire

According to investigators, he slid newspapers into the mail slot of a home and then lit them on fire.

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Surveillance image of Fitzwater Street arson suspect in South Philadelphia. (Image via Philadelphia Police Department)

The Philadelphia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man they say tried to set a house on fire in South Philadelphia last week.

It happened around 6 a.m. on Sunday, October 28th on the 700 block of Fitzwater Street. According to police, the man in the video below took newspapers, placed them in the mail slot of a home, and then lit the newspapers on fire. Fortunately, there was only minor damage, and the residents of the home were not there at the time.

Here is surveillance video of the suspect released by police:

Investigators describe the suspect as follows: “White male, short hair, clean shaven, 25-30 years of age, wearing blue pants, brown shoes, gray or green overcoat, and carrying a backpack.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact Detective Ken Golczewski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Arson Task Force at 215-446-7875. Tips can also be given anonymously via the Philadelphia Police Department’s tip line at 215-686-TIPS or by text to 773847.