North Philadelphia

Masked Man Throws Molotov Cocktail at Philly Day Care

The fire caused by the Molotov cocktail was contained outside of the day care on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia police say

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A masked man threw a Molotov cocktail at a North Philadelphia day care Tuesday morning, breaking the front glass of the business.

Police cars and other emergency vehicles could be seen outside the day care along Germantown Avenue near Lehigh Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Just 30 minutes earlier, a man tossed the incendiary device at the day care, causing the front window to break, Philadelphia police said.

The fire remained outside the business, police said.

Broken glass and some charred debris could be seen on the taped off sidewalk outside of Childrens Positive Palace Too. The fire marshal on the scene declared the incident an arson.

Luckily, no children were inside the day care center at the time and no one was hurt, investigators said.

After throwing the Molotov cocktail, the masked man got into the passenger seat of a white Toyota that fled the scene, police said.

Officers caught up the suspect about one mile away at North 2nd Street and Allegheny Avenue, police said. The driver of the Toyota was nowhere to be found.

Police said charges against the suspect were pending Tuesday morning.

Parents could be seen Tuesday morning dropping off their children at a related day care across the street. NBC10 has attempted to reach the day care's director for comment.

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