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Kennel fire information sought

January 11, 2009

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police and a Mercersburg family are seeking information about a fire that destroyed a kennel in late December.

State police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver said it was determined that the Dec. 28 fire at the home of Dave and Mary Baker, 12192 Fort Loudon Road, was intentionally set. A flammable substance was thrown on top of the fiberglass roof of the kennel, he said.

The Bakers, who were asleep, were alerted to the fire by the barking of the three dogs in the kennel, Sarver said. The house and the kennel are not near the road, and the person or people responsible would have had to come down the lane to the house or through a field behind the property, he said.

In an e-mail, Mary Baker said she got one dog and a puppy out of the kennel. Another apparently escaped during the fire and was found in the garage a few hours later.

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The puppy sustained burns to its tail and paws, along with singed hair. The dog was being treated for an infection on one of its paws, she wrote.

The Mercersburg, Montgomery, Peters and Warren Volunteer Fire Co. put out the fire, Baker wrote.

Sarver said anyone with information about the fire can call state police at 717-264-5161.

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