EXCHANGE — A Wednesday fire that injured two firefighters, one seriously, was at least the second case of arson in the area in two weeks, the Warrior Run fire chief said Friday.

Warrior Run Area Fire Department Captain Wayne Hawley and firefighter John Craven were injured in the fire at a barn in Anthony Township. Both firefighters responded from the Turbotville station of the fire company. Mr. Craven was treated at Geisinger Medical Center and released the night of the fire. Mr. Hawley remains hospitalized in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Geisinger.

“The Warrior run Area Fire Department is stunned and saddened by what was happened,” Fire Chief Mark Burrows said in a written statement. “The events that transpired during the incident were very traumatic physically, but more so mentally. It is very difficult to have to witness such an incident when it is one of your own and to keep the composure necessary to provide the needed treatment.”

Investigators announced Thursday that the fire appeared to have been intentionally set. A fire at the Clark’s Ag Center in Turbtoville is also considered a case of attempted arson. A Dumpster fire on Rovendale Road Thursday is still under investigation.

“We are aksing for anyone that may have information concerning these fire to step forward and provide that information,” Chief Burrows said. “The fun and games of starting fires for enjoyment in this area has reached a different level that is unprecedented in the Warrior Run Area Fire Department. The person or person that are responsible for these fires is responsible for more than just property damage, but severe bodily injury. We ask our community to please keep Captain Hawley and his family in your thoughts and prayers as well as the members of the Warrior Run Area Fire Department as we go through this very difficult time.”

Those with information about the arsons are asked to call state police at 524-2662 or the fire department at 538-5100.

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