Fire that destroyed detective’s home an arson; suspect in custody

December 8th, 2014 by Staff

The suspect set fire to the home of a veteran police detective.

(WFMZ 69 News) LOWER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A woman upset over the arrest of her son set a fire that destroyed the home of her neighbor – a veteran police detective – and his family, investigators said Friday.

State police arrested Donna Marie Krupp on a dozen criminal charges, including arson, causing a catastrophe, reckless burning or exploding, criminal mischief and recklessly endangering another person. She was committed to jail on $1 million bail.

“I’m not surprised. I mean, there’s been some friction,” said Bob Yerger, who lives next to Krupp.

Investigators said Krupp set fire to the home of Ernie Morris, a veteran detective with the Limerick Township Police Department, his wife and their two daughters on Commons Drive in Lower Pottsgrove Township early Thursday morning while the family was vacationing at Walt Disney World in Florida.

“You not only destroyed the family’s home, but you destroyed and killed a cat, an innocent cat burned alive because of your viciousness,” said Terri Pope, who was visibly upset about what happened. A motive for the fire, according to court documents, appears to have been the state police arrest in June of Krupp’s son.

Krupp believes Morris was involved in notifying troopers of her son’s whereabouts and blames the detective for her son’s ongoing incarceration, investigators said. “He’s the consummate police officer.

He’s extremely dedicated and very good at his job,” said Chief Bill Albany, Limerick Township Police Department. Court documents outline a number of troubles the Morrises allege to have had with Krupp since June, most recently vandalism done to the detective’s personal vehicle on Nov. 12.

As a result, on Nov. 16, Detective Morris installed a video surveillance system, which covered the outside of his family’s home, officials said.

That system captured video of Krupp using a “grill type” lighter to set fire to Christmas decorations on the Morris family’s front porch, officials said. Flames subsequently spread, destroying the home and nearly everything inside.

“The one daughter was an aspiring artist. She lost her entire portfolio,” Albany said. “The other daughter was a musician and lost her violin.” A fund has been established to help the family get back on its feet. Donations to the “Morris Family Fire Fund” can be dropped off at any Citizens Bank branch.

The Sanatoga Fire Company, which helped fight the flames at the Morris home on Thursday, has decided to donate all proceeds from its spaghetti dinner with Santa on Saturday to the More Family Fire Fund.

The dinner will take place from 4 pm. until 6:30 p.m. at the fire company, which is located at 2222 E. High St. in Lower Pottsgrove Township (Sanatoga).

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