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Aggravated Arson Arrests in Pittsburg

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

During the early morning hours of Friday, September 25, 2015, units from the Pittsburg Fire Department and the Pittsburg Police Department responded to 525 E. 23rd St., in Pittsburg, regarding a report of a residential fire. Responding units discovered that the structure was occupied at the time by 54 year old Jeffrey D. Vining, who did not receive any injuries during this incident.

The fire department extinguished the fire, which resulted in very minor damage to the home. Investigation at the scene determined that the fire had been intentionally set.

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 28 year old Irella L. Burton, of Pittsburg, and 31 year old Jeremy P. Weimer, also of Pittsburg, were arrested and taken to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for booking. Both Burton and Weimer are being charged with aggravated arson and are being held in lieu of a $20,000 bond each.

Investigators are also seeking 29 year old Joseph “Chico” Skierkiewicz, of Pittsburg, for his involvement in relation to this incident. If anyone knows of

Skierkiewicz’s location, they are encouraged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department.
Skierkiewicz is not considered armed or dangerous at this time. However, citizens should not try to approach or apprehend Skierkiewicz, and are urged to contact law enforcement if he is observed.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at our tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

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