A home on the 2300 block of Belgrade Street was the target of a potential firebombing late last week. There were no injuries reported, the incendiary device is unconfirmed and the damages to the home remain unclear. However, there have been other more speculative details which have left residents unsettled.
Many frequent posters on the Fishtown.us forums have commented on a similar dwelling fire which occurred in Port Richmond on the same day, claiming the life of a squatter. Forum-posters also noted a potential connection to typed-out strips of paper containing Bible verses being placed on car windshields on neighboring York Street.
“This is weird,” said A. Jordan Rushie, a local lawyer. “I wouldn’t typically think anything of it, but one was left on my car that said, ‘Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.’ – Matthew 10:34.”
Other verses reported include references to Judas’ hanging with reverse sides saying to “go and do likewise,” but not all were suspicious. A car on York Street still holds a slip of paper in its windshield wipers bearing Psalm 18:2, “the LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
“It’s a strange coincidence, but maybe I’m just seeing things that aren’t there,”said Zach Limbert, a resident on Dauphin and Memphis streets. “Interesting though, fighting society in the name of the Lord and cleansing through the fires of hell. Very antiquated.”
According to Fishtown.us posts, the man placing Bible verses on vehicles was caught on camera. However, Limbert said he thinks it may not be the right suspect. “I doubt that if he’s the same guy he’d allow himself to be seen so easily,” Limbert said.