Arson probed in South Philly blaze that injured three

A Philadelphia police officer once fired after he was accused of assaulting a woman but later reinstated is now being hailed for alerting residents to a suspected south Philadelphia arson.

Police said a male was seen throwing something inside the first-floor window of the residence before the blaze was reported shortly after 6 a.m. Friday.

Fire department Capt. Lou Campione says Lt. Jonathan Josey reported the fire, kicked in the door and alerted the residents, and he and another officer then brought in a male in for questioning.

Police said two adults and a child were taken to a hospital for minor smoke inhalation but were expected to be treated and released.

Campione called it an “outstanding” police response from police that likely prevented injuries or deaths.

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