Fox trailer blaze called arson
MILANVILLE, PA — A fire that destroyed a trailer on the Milanville property of the family of filmmaker Josh Fox has been determined to be the result of arson. State police fire marshal Trooper Russell Andress said on March 22 that an investigation of the incident has begun.
Fox, who is the director of “Gasland,” which won an award at Sundance Film Festival and received an Oscar nomination, has become a fierce critic of the gas drilling industry. The condition of the property and several citations about it were the subject of emails, which were critical of Fox, circulated last week by members of Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance.
Michael Fox, Josh’s father and the owner of the property at 729 John Davis Rd., received a notice of violation about the property on August 8, 2010. A second notice of violation, related to the burning of the trailer, was received from the PA Department of Environmental Protection on March 4.
Josh told the Times-Tribune that the fire, which was believed to have been set late last year, was “part of a pattern of vandalism at my house.”