A fired auto-service center employee in Blair County is facing charges after police say he intentionally set the garage ablaze.
The fire occurred around 11:21 p.m. Monday at the Blue Knob Auto Service Center on Route 764 in Allegheny Township, Allegheny Township police say.
The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was called to the scene and confirmed the fire appeared to have been intentionally set, according to police.
Through the investigation, police say they were able to identify Nathan J. Hall, 43, of Duncansville, as the suspect.
According to police, Hall was a recently terminated employee of the Blue Knob Service Center.
Investigators say the night of the fire, he crashed his vehicle through the garage door to break into the building. He then ignited a flammable liquid inside, investigators say.
He was taken into custody Tuesday. Court records show he is facing charges of arson, burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, risking catastrophe, reckless burning and recklessly endangering another person.
The back of the building was significantly damaged, temporarily closing the shop, WJAC is reporting.
But operations manager Jeremy Nagle told WJAC they have a back-up plan.
“At this point we’re not sure when we will be able to open back up, but we are going to try at least to work an abbreviated schedule using some of our internal repair facilities until we can get back up and running,” Nagle told the station. “The damage here is severe.”