HARRISBURG Legislation crafted to address deadly arsons such as the one that took the life of a Coatesville woman six years ago is poised to become law.
A spokesman said Thursday that Gov. Corbett would sign a bill creating the crime of "aggravated arson" to address those who set fires to buildings while knowing that someone is inside.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. John Rafferty (R., Montgomery) also will strengthen Pennsylvania's arson laws by setting tougher sentencing guidelines.
Rafferty said the 30 Coatesville arson fires in 2008 and 2009 that displaced dozens of families and terrorized the community shows the crime is more than just insurance fraud.