Witness Catches Soup Kitchen Fire on Camera
David Corklin was leaving work, when he noticed a thick cloud of smoke pouring from a nearby building.
“It was pretty intense,” said Corklin. “You could hear the cracking and the popping. You could feel the heat and I was on the other side of the street."
Before firefighters could arrive, Corklin walked up and found the Emmaus Soup Kitchen on fire. Corklin then pulled out his cell phone and began to record it.
What Corklin didn't realize is that he caught the man on camera who police accuse of catching the building on fire.
“He like tries to play it off like the fire started inside the building” said Corklin. “I was like ‘no, it started from the outside, you can see it,’ and he stuck around to watch his handiwork I guess."
The suspect is identified as 52-year-old Thomas Wilson Munch. He’s facing charges of arson, risking a catastrophe, and reckless endangerment.
Despite the damage to the soup kitchen, volunteers hope to have it open by next Monday.