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A popular market in Jackson Township reopened last weekend after nearly a month of repairing damage caused by a Labor Day weekend fire that was ruled arson.

Business resumed last week with only a few minor hiccups with the electricity, said owner Andy Lentz.

The fire at Morningstar Marketplace, which is still under investigation, caused roughly $150,000 in damages. The majority of the damage — around $87,000 — was dedicated specifically to repairing the market's electric panels, Lentz said.

He said he suspects the old electrical wiring was the cause of the fire rather than arson, as the Northern York County Regional Police originally suspected.

Lentz said over the past several years he's had electricians in and out of the market, which he said draws in more than 10,000 patrons during its weekend hours of operation.

"We can't say that it wasn't arson for sure," he said, noting there are "13 different power panels in the market and there was some kind of mistake in every one of them. That's really what we think caused the problem."

Northern York County Regional Police have said the early morning fire on Sept. 7 was intentionally set near a bunch of wooden apple crates in an outdoor produce stand near a maintenance building.

Lt. David Lash said again Thursday that both Pennsylvania State Police and Northern Regional investigators have ruled the fire an arson.

Police haven't announced any suspects, but they have said they were hoping to pull surveillance footage from a camera.

Lash on Thursday declined to comment about whether police had identified any suspects.

The market: Morningstar opened in 1999 at 5309 Lincoln Highway West and is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

The nearly 52,000-square-foot farm market hosts more than 100 vendors with goods ranging from fruits and cheeses to books and jewelry, an antique gallery with upwards of 50 vendors and an outdoor flea market with more than 300 vendors.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.