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Arson suspected after fire destroys 3 Pittsburgh police vehicles outside training facility

Officials said the flames broke out around 2:30 a.m. and the vehicles were fully engulfed when fire crews arrived


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By Joyce Hanz
The Tribune-Review

PITTSBURGH — A suspicious fire overnight Wednesday gutted three Pittsburgh Police cruisers at their Training Academy facility.

Pittsburgh police said they are investigating the incident as an arson case.

The three cars were parked in the academy parking lot. ATF investigators arrived on scene early Wednesday morning at the academy at 900 N. Lincoln Ave. in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood.

Officials said the flames broke out around 2:30 a.m. and were fully engulfed when fire crews arrived.

The vehicles were unoccupied and no one was injured, according to police. The fires did not spread beyond the three cruisers, they said.

All three vehicles are considered a total loss.

Investigators said they believe the fires were set intentionally. A K-9 unit and Pittsburgh’s Fire Investigation Unit are assisting with the investigation.

Police said they do not have any suspects at this time.

Privately owned surveillance cameras in the area will be used in the investigation.

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