"Singing" Pyromaniac Suspect

Woman caught after singing about fires in the Wawa

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009  |  Updated 4:08 PM CDT
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"Singing" Pyromaniac Suspect

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Police say a 19-year old woman purposely set 7 fires overnight in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.

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The song goes something like this: “The fire department is going to be mad at me.”

Upper Darby police say the woman who sang that song inside a local Wawa is the same 19-year old woman who set 7 fires overnight.

Her singing was caught on the store’s surveillance camera.

Police say she’s the classic example of a pyromaniac. They say she showed up at previous fires and took pictures.

Amanda Gessner was arrested Tuesday and is charged with 7 arsons. She told the judge she was mentally ill and needed help.

Police say three of the fires set overnight were set at homes on Blanchard Rd., Lasher Rd., and Childs Avenue. in Drexel HIll.

A family of four lived in one of the homes and they all got out ok.

Police say they DO NOT think Gessner has any connection to the Coatesville arsons cases.

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