COLUMBUS — The Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau is seeking tips from the public regarding an intentionally set fire at a home in Portsmouth.
The fire, which occurred at approximately 12:13 a.m. March 24, originated in a detached garage at 1312 4th Street and extended to the vacant residence on the property. There were no utilities connected to either the residence or the garage at the time of the fire.
Heat from the fire also spread to six other nearby structures, causing damage, including an occupied home that sustained severe fire damage.
The investigation is being conducted by the State Fire Marshal’s office. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these fires.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the State Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728.
The Division of State Fire Marshal is part of the Ohio Department of Commerce. The department is Ohio’s chief regulatory agency, focused on promoting prosperity and protecting what matters most to Ohioans. We ensure businesses follow the laws that help them create jobs and keep Ohioans safe. To learn more about what we do, visit our website at com.ohio.gov
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