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Fire Crews Battle Suspicious Horsham Blaze

Area fire companies extinguished the second garage fire in less than a week Wednesday night in Horsham.

A fast-moving, heavy fire that tore through a two-car detached garage situated behind the Village Mall in Horsham Wednesday evening appears to have been set, an official told Patch.

Horsham Township Fire Marshal George Fida said the fire, which started at 6:45 p.m. at a garage adjacent to a home on Moreland and Summer avenues, looks suspicious. 

Fida told Patch that the investigation would continue, but he said the garage, which was used for storage space, contained "plenty of plywood," but had no electric source and nothing inside of a combustible nature. 

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The garage fire is the second in Horsham since Sunday. A two-car detached garage on Holly Drive went up in flames Sunday morning. That fire, which occurred about a mile away from Wednesday's fire, is still under investigation, Fida said. 

Last summer and fall, a string of fires, purportedly arsons, struck Horsham in the area close to Wednesday's fire, including a shed fire at nearby Montessori Children's House, which destroyed the school's library, as well as others at township residences. 

Fida said he ruled one of the most recent fires as "undetermined, suspicious" because he could not eliminate the shed's electric supply as a possible source of the fire. 

As for Wednesday's fire, Fida said he will compile information with the Horsham Township Police and turn it over to state agencies for further review. 

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