Man arrested after witnesses say he lit ex-girlfriend’s house on fire in Mahanoy City

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MAHANOY CITY, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A man is now behind bars in connection to an overnight fire in Schuylkill County that displaced multiple people including firefighters.

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Firefighters responded to these row homes on East Pine Street around 9:30 p.m., Thursday night.

When firefighters arrived, flames were showing from the roof and the second story of one of the homes.

“The house next door had four people who lived there. They were firefighters. They were displaced for the night as well as another man who lives next to them,” explained Lieutenant David Truskowsky, West End Fire and Rescue

A State Police Fire Marshal was on the scene this morning to investigate the cause of the fire and the homes quickly turned into a crime scene once police learned the fire was intentional.

Police say a witness saw 49-year-old Brendon Hasara light his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire. A man nearby residents are familiar with.

“Always helping out people in need. I know he has some issues, but don’t everybody ya know,” said nearby resident, Eddie Adams.

“Oh yeah, the cops used to come all the time to arrest that guy. He’d be outside screaming and stuff or on his roof screaming and stuff, scaring their neighbors and all that,” said neighbor, Robin Erney.

Erney spent hours sitting in her Jeep, outback, trusting firefighters to not let the flames reach her home.

The resulting fire has displaced five people, including four firefighters.

“I looked outside my front window and saw the reflection of the fire over there. I came outside and asked the firefighters if we should evacuate. It was some younger kid. He said, yeah I would to be on the safe side,” Erney explained.

Police say 49-year-old Brendon Hasara of Mahanoy City was taken into custody on charges of arson, reckless endangerment, and other charges. He had just been released from jail recently.

Hasara is behind bars in the Schuylkill County Prison on a $150,000 straight cash bail.

The Red Cross is helping those displaced as two firefighters suffered minor cuts and bruises battling the flames.

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