French Creek woman charged
by Ron Gregory
Charleston – Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a French Creek resident on charges alleging she deliberately set fires in the area on three separate occasions over the past eight months.
Patricia Mendel, 41, has been charged with setting fire to an unoccupied mobile home located on Ware Road in the French Creek area on August 14. During the investigation of this fire, Assistant State Fire Marshal Ronald Ayersman discovered that Mendel had also allegedly set fire to a garage located in the area that same day.
Mendel is believed to have set fire to the same mobile home in a separate incident on December 23, 2019. She has been charged with three counts of first-degree arson and is currently out on bond.