SHAMOKIN - Police have a person in custody as they investigate a suspicious fire that broke out about 10:30 p.m. Monday at East Sunbury and Franklin streets. City police chief Ed Griffiths said Tuesday morning that an arraignment was planned for this afternoon. The person is being held in Northumberland County Prison on a probation warrant.

The Shamokin fire was the third local blaze on Monday and the seventh in the past five days. A fire that started at about 4:55 a.m. Monday destroyed four homes along Route 61 in Kulpmont, and a blaze that began about 7:25 p.m. Monday gutted a home and killed several pets along Wabash Street in the Springfield section of Coal Township.

But Shamokin itself has dealt now with three fires since Thursday.  Two occurred with 15 hours of each other that day, one damaging an apartment building at 725 N. Shamokin St., the other gutting two abandoned structures three blocks away. Both fires are considered suspicious and police are investigating. Monday night's fire was just a few blocks from both of the fire sites on Thursday.

The 700 block fire was the third in less than five months on that block. The building is adjacent to 721-723 and 717-719 N. Shamokin St., which were damaged when fire broke out 10 p.m. Sept. 5. Eight days later, a second fire broke out in the rear of 717 N. Shamokin St., which eventually partially collapsed from damage.