Man responsible for at least 19 arsons arrested near Youngstown, police say

SHARON, PA (WKBN) – Sharon, Pennsylvania police have a man in custody who they believe is responsible for more than a dozen arsons in the city.

Police are confident that John Burns is involved in at least 19 arsons on Sharon’s west side.

Officers arrested Burns around 8:30 Wednesday night at his Farrell home and searched his house, according to Police Chief Gerry Smith.

The department said tips from the public during a press conference several weeks ago helped officers catch him.

Pennsylvania State Police is also involved in the investigation.

Over the past two years, the total number of fires in Sharon is estimated to be near 30. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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