Officials: Fire in Walnut may be arson

MIFFLIN – A suspected arson took down a storage building Tuesday morning in the village of Walnut in Juniata County, local officials said.

Beale Township Fire Chief Shawn Stidfole said it took about seven hours until the scene at 133 Vine St. was cleared.

Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown, along with Stidfole, said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Stidfole said the storage building belonged to Harold Sheaffer, and wood and tractors were among items lost in the fire.

A fire on Jan. 31 at 2140 Cider Press Road, also in Walnut, is also under investigation and may be related to the Tuesday fire, Stidfole said.

Beale Township Fire Company was assisted at the scene by Central Juniata EMS, Mifflin Fire Co., Port Royal Fire Co., Mifflintown Fire Co., Fayette Fire Co., East Waterford Fire Co., Thompsontown Fire Co., Reedsville Fire Co., Junction Fire Co., Brooklyn Hose Co., Burnham Fire Co., Highland Park Hose Co., East Salem Fire Co., Richfield Fire Co. and Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown.