Chestnut Hill construction site arson tied to unions

    Though no particular suspects have been identified, Philadelphia police are “absolutely” sure that the Chestnut Hill meetinghouse construction site that was damaged by arson over Christmas was the result of a dispute over union labor.

    According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the “small Quaker building on East Mermaid Lane was targeted because it is being built with nonunion labor.”

    “Vandals used an acetylene torch, which requires a skilled operator who must wear a special mask and gloves.”

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    When workers arrived to the construction site on Dec. 21, they found that the cab of a large crane had been completely burned, and someone had used a torch to “shear off the steel bolts on nearly a dozen columns.” Other columns were hacked halfway through at the base.

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