A 17-year-old Clearfield Township girl is receiving psychiatric care at a treatment facility in Pittsburgh after she admitted to investigators that she deliberately set three fires in just over a week's time at her family’s farm on Shuler Road.
The girl, who was not identified because she is a juvenile, is charged with three counts of endangering a person, two counts of risking or causing a catastrophe, seven counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of agricultural vandalism.
The first fire at the Snyder family farm April 9 burnt down the Snyder’s barn and killed 70 pigs. The flames also destroyed several out buildings and various pieces of equipment, according to state police.
The second fire April 10 destroyed the girl’s family home. A little more than a week later, a third fire April 19 damaged another residence on the property.
Authorities said they focused their investigation on 17-year-old after speaking to the girls’ parents on Friday.
The teen was taken to a psychiatric facility, where she admitted to the staff over the weekend that she was responsible for all three fires.
Three seperate allegations against her were prepared and filed through the Butler County Juvenile Court Services Wednesday.