Date: 3/13/2009

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — An investigator says a teenager accused of setting nine fires in an arson-plagued Philadelphia suburb led them to several of the scenes and confessed to the crimes.

Nineteen-year-old Roger Leon Barlow was held for trial after a court hearing Friday. He’s charged with arson and aggravated assault in connection with blazes that broke out in Coatesville between Jan. 2 and Feb. 3.

Federal investigator Jason Wick testified in court that Barlow changed his story several times during an interview, but ultimately admitted setting the fires.

Wick also says Barlow drove him and other investigators to the arson sites and referred to one fire that damaged 15 row houses as “the big one.”

A trial date for Barlow has not been set.

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Date: 11/8/2008

Associated Press Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ An attorney says more than 100 families have settled a lawsuit with a utility whose damaged equipment sparked a devastating wildfire.

Attorney Bill Altman says the last of five settlements with Oncor was finalized this week. He says the total is “substantially” more than $5 million.

The 2006 fire in the ranching town of Ringgold burned about 40 homes and all but a handful of buildings on Main Street. Eleven people were injured.

The state fire marshal says the blaze started after failing supports on a telephone pole allowed electric lines to ignite dry grass below. The blaze was deemed accidental.

Oncor declined to comment on the specifics of the settlement but insists it was not responsible for the fire.

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