Gas station arson doesn't reach fuel pumps

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A state police fire marshal says a fire that badly damaged a family-owned service station and towing business in Western Pennsylvania was intentionally set.

The fire was reported about 1:40 a.m. Sunday at Kochka's Towing and Car Care Center.

Investigators say the fire was put out before it reached the gasoline pumps at the Citgo station in Vandergrift. But the fire did cause about $600,000 damage to a business that's been a fixture in the Westmoreland County borough for decades.

Seventy-five-year-old Paul Kochka has owned and operated the business for 52-years.

Joyce Kochka said her husband "has lost his baby." The family plans to rebuild the business, however.

Nobody was hurt and no suspects have been named or charged. breaking - neigh_westmoreland


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