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Protesters' trailer destroyed in blaze

September 15, 1998|By DON AINES

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - For the second time in a little more than a year, a trailer belonging to a group protesting an adult business in Southampton Township, Pa., was destroyed by a fire that Pennsylvania State Police said was intentionally set.

The police report said the 17-foot camping trailer belonging to Shippensburg Citizens Rally Against Pornography (SCRAP) was set on fire where it was parked, near the Presidential Suites Massage Parlor, 7775 Olde Scotland Road. The fire was reported at 12:08 a.m. Sunday, according to the report by Trooper Skip Sydnor, a state police fire marshal.

A hole was cut in the roof and a container containing a flammable liquid was thrown in and set on fire, according to the report. The liquid probably was gasoline, the report said.

The report said another trailer owned by the group was destroyed by a fire on Aug. 22, 1997. Presidential Suites was heavily damaged by an arson that occurred this year on April 26, according to state police.

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Both the earlier trailer fire and the massage parlor blaze remain under investigation, police said.

"We were called out after it was turned in," said Rose Dillner, chairwoman of SCRAP. She said the trailer, which was donated by a supporter, was owned by the group, as was the first trailer.

Dillner said the trailer was used to store signs and other picketing materials used by the group in the almost three years it has been protesting the massage parlor. She said the group hasn't been picketing the business because the fire at the massage parlor closed it down.

Southampton Township Supervisor Linda Coover said the massage parlor, one of several owned by Gary L. Dobrinoff of Camp Hill, Pa., recently received a building permit from the township and renovations have begun.

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