Johnstown police believe they have found the arsonist responsible for setting about six fires in recent weeks with the arrest of a 17-year-old Johnstown boy on Friday.

The boy reportedly confessed Thursday night to setting several of the fires and police believe they have evidence linking him to others.

“We hope this will put a lot of people’s minds at ease knowing he is in custody,” city police Chief Craig Foust said.

The youth is being held in the Cambria County Detention Center, he said.

The boy denied involvement in the Wednesday’s Moxham Lumber Co. fire.

But Foust said: “He will most likely be charged with that fire also.”

The District Attorney’s office could decide to charge the teen as an adult.

The 12:23 a.m. fire of undetermined origin heavily damaged the Moxham business at Park Avenue and Dupont Street.

A state police fire marshal is investigating. No damage estimate is available.

Police are searching for a motive.

Graffiti recently was sprayed on city structures, threatening fires in the city.

City fire crews were called out on Oct. 16 to two minors fires in the Hornerstown section.

A recliner and bit of carpet caught fire at a vacant home at 821 Wood St. around 12:30 a.m.

About 20 minutes later, trash construction material piled along the train tracks near Cedar Street and Bell Place was found burning.

“We want to thank the public for all their help,” Foust said. “The officers involved in the investigation did an excellent job.”

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