McDonald fire ruled arson


A state police fire marshal determined a fire at a McDonald apartment Wednesday night was deliberately set.

McDonald police and firefighters were called just before 10 p.m. for a fire in an upper apartment at 349 E. Lincoln Ave. When police arrived, a small amount of smoke was coming from the building.

Charles Zombeck, who lives in a lower apartment, told police he smelled smoke coming from the upper apartment. He saw three men leave the apartment about 20 minutes before discovering the fire.

Zombeck told police he forced his way into the upper apartment and saw what appeared to be paper burning in the bathroom. He quickly extinguishing the flames before calling 911.

While inside the apartment, police found 40 empty stamp bags of heroin scattered throughout the bedroom along with two needles and two bags containing a white residue.

Police secured the scene but returned when the occupants returned. They told police they had gone to Dormont to buy heroin. Paraphernalia charges are pending against one of the men.

Also assisting at the scene were Midway and Mt. Pleasant firefighters.

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