A massive two-alarm fire that destroyed 11 townhomes under construction in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze section has been ruled an arson, the Gateway Pundit reports.
The fire began early Monday morning in the middle of the large townhomes still being constructed near 20th and Wharton Streets.
About 75 firefighters were on scene to help put out the fire. No one was hurt because of the incident.
Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said crews had a challenging time to place the fire under control because of the incomplete houses.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the following day that it was giving a $10,000 reward for anybody who can provide information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.
The amount was later increased to $12,500 when Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson added $2,500 to the reward.
Authorities are investigating a possible connection between the fire and another vandalism in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. Police described the group of vandals as “anarchists” who oppose gentrification.