Man Held for Trial in 4 Pennsylvania Arsons

September 2, 2009

A man already charged in a fatal fire has been held for trial in four more blazes in the arson-plagued southeastern Pennsylvania town of Coatesville.

A district judge in Chester County ruled Monday that there was enough evidence to try 23-year-old George Donkewicz in the additional fires.

Prosecutors say the fires happened between June 2007 and November of last year. No one was hurt.

Investigators say Donkewicz confessed in December to starting a trash fire and a separate blaze that killed an 83-year-old woman.

He has been held without bail since then.

Donkewicz is one of six defendants accused of setting fires during a long string of blazes in the Coatesville area late last year and early this year.

Many of the blazes remain unsolved.

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