CHAMBERSBURG — Two Chambersburg residents are in Franklin County Jail this week, charged with arson in connection with two fires April 25 and 26 at a South Fourth Street home.
Tracy Lynn Dodd, 42, and Michael Lee McClure, 20, are both charged with felony aggravated arson, accused of setting a handicapped wheelchair ramp on fire. Both are in jail in lieu of $150,000 bail set by Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham during their preliminary arraignment Tuesday.
Police allege in charging documents that Dodd started the first fire on April 25 but it apparently fizzled before catching the ramp on fire.
Police said that in that incident, they found multiple fluid filled bottles in the ramp area. One had a burnt rag stuffed inside it.
As a result of that incident, the resident at the home installed a video camera aimed at the ramp.
The next night Dodd and McClure came back and tried to set the ramp on fire again, according to court documents.
The camera captured images of a man wearing glasses and a hooded sweatshirt with the hood partially concealing his face. He was pouring two bottles of lighter fluid on the ramp and igniting it with a match. He then fled the scene.
Police circulated the photo on social media and soon identified the arsonist as McClure.
Charging documents claim Dodd tried to start the first fire then asked McClure to set the second fire.
At the time the house was occupied by a 46-year-old woman and a 20-year-od special needs woman, police said.
Preliminary hearings in both cases are set for 8:15 a.m. May 7 in Franklin County Central Court.