Church Reacts to Torched Cars

| June 3, 2013

A portion of the New Life Presbyterian Church parking lot still smells strongly of old smoke … the kind of smoke that’s usually accompanied by a visit from the fire department. 

Late Sunday night, authorities say someone set fire to two vehicles — a Mercury Mountaineer and a Volvo station wagon — both of which were parked in the Jenkintown Road side of the Glenside church’s lot. The fire then spread to two other vehicles, a nearby fence and a tree. There were several vehicles parked in a row; many of them were older Volvos and many of them were slated to be fixed up and donated, as part of the church’s diaconal ministry.

New Life Presbyterian Church Administrator Martha Cochran said she got text from the church’s facilities manager Monday morning about the fire. She said she was surprised, but doesn’t think the church was specifically “targeted." 

“Oh my goodness, I was totally surprised … it makes no sense,” Cochran, and Abington resident, said. “The first thing that went through my mind — now this is just me musing, not fact — but I did have someone in the neighborhood call and complain because they said there were kids doing marijuana in the car. That person didn’t leave her name.”

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