Woman charged with arson in Roscoe apartment fire

October 26, 2013
Tina Koskoski

A Charleroi woman who pleaded guilty to setting two residential fires more than six years ago is being charged with arson once again after a Roscoe apartment fire in June injured four residents and three firefighters.

Tina M. Koskoski, 46, was arrested Friday night and accused of setting the June 22 fire in the basement of Central Apartments at 600 Furlong Ave. that has left dozens of residents homeless.

RESA Regional Police, which patrol in Roscoe, Elco, Stockdale and Allenport, charged Koskoski with four counts of arson, 85 counts of causing a catastrophe, 85 counts of reckless endangerment, four counts of simple assault and one count of criminal mischief.

The arson, causing a catastrophe and criminal mischief counts are all felony charges. Koskoski was arraigned by District Judge Jay Weller and taken to Washington County jail on a $50,000 percentage bond.

The fire started in the apartment complex’s basement and quickly spread to the building’s first floor.

Emergency responders said the blaze was especially difficult to fight because of the three-story building’s age and recent renovations.

Two residents had to be hospitalized and several cats and dogs perished in the fire.

It was the second blaze to damage the structure in seven months and the building might have to be demolished.

Koskoski, who previously was known as Tina Flynn, pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous burning in October 2007 after being charged with multiple arson counts after two separate incidents in Charleroi.

Police said she confessed to trying to set fire to an apartment in the borough in March 2007 by stuffing newspapers between the bricks and igniting them.

She also was accused of starting a fire at a borough home in June 2006 that destroyed the residence, damaged two neighboring dwellings and injured two firefighters.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Patch.com. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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