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Ohio's fire marshal asks for public help in a series of arsons in Wooster
Reward offered for information

Tim Rudell
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Three fires of “suspicious origin” broke out in a two-week span in Wooster at the end of February.

No one was hurt but the incidents may be related, so the state fire marshal was called to investigate. Now, they’re calling for the public’s help. 

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One in five structure fires in Ohio is deliberately set. That’s about 8,000 arsons of the 40,000 to 50,000 fires reported each

The arson tipline is 1-800-589-2728. 

year. State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says often the keys to solving such cases come from citizens who saw or heard or know something. He’s hoping there are people with information on three fires in unoccupied buildings in Wooster.  And, if they come forward it could be money to them.  

The Blue Ribbon Arson Reward Committee is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to whoever is responsible. Michael Duchesne of the fire marshal’s office says the money will come from a long-time tip program involving state and private funds.

The fire marshal’s call for help comes amid National Arson Awareness Week. 

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