Man charged with arson for 4-alarm Port Richmond fire

Port Richmond fire
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the four-alarm fire in Port Richmond on April 7. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the arrest of Joseph Wolbert, who faces charges of arson and other state-related crimes. 

The fire broke out inside the Thrifty Irishman Thrift Store in the 2200 block of East Butler Street around 7:30 p.m. The store was part of a two-story warehouse.  

It took three hours and 150 firefighters to get it under control. 

The fire caused $1.8 million in damages and also destroyed the building. 

It was an extremely busy -- and difficult -- weekend for the PFD: a four-alarm warehouse blaze; multiple house fires; thousands of 911 calls & EMS incidents; smoke alarm installations; and ladder training. If you need FREE smoke alarms, please contact @philly311.

— Philadelphia Fire (@PhillyFireDept) April 8, 2019

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— David Bonk (@PPDDaveBonk) April 8, 2019

The ATF said the investigation is continuing along with the Philadelphia Fire Marshal's Office and the Philadelphia Police and Fire departments.