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Marshall fraternity’s ‘Thumper’ damaged in arson

Herald-Dispatch photo by Bishop Nash The iconic fire truck belonging to the Marshall University chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity sustains fire damage on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Huntington, after vandals reportedly set fire to the trucks interior early Thursday morning.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Bishop Nash
The iconic fire truck belonging to the Marshall University chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity sustains fire damage on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Huntington, after vandals reportedly set fire to the trucks interior early Thursday morning.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A familiar sight on 5th Avenue near Marshall University’s campus is now the center of an arson investigation.

The 1967 International Engine fire truck, which sits in the front lawn of the Phi Kappa Alpha (Pike) fraternity house at 1411 5th Ave., caught fire around 12:35 a.m. Thursday morning. A propane tank was found inside the truck.

Huntington fire marshal Steve Ellis said the propane tank was placed inside the truck before it was set on fire. There is an ongoing criminal investigation with the Huntington Police Department and the Fire Marshal.

Anthony Spano, the fraternity’s president, said that above everything else, he is worried about the safety of his brothers and neighbors around them.

“We want to take care of it so it doesn’t escalate to people getting hurt,” Spano said. “We don’t know who did it, but hope it wasn’t malicious to injure people. The way the fire was set, we can’t be sure…

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