Fire Marshal’s office continues investigations

BELLAIRE The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s office is continuing its investigation into suspected arsons in the village that have been taking place over the past several months.

While the Neffs Fire Department has reported that several of the fires fit a similar profile, state Fire Marshal’s spokesman Shane Cartmill said the state’s investigation is treating all the suspected arsons as separate incidents.

“The fires in Bellaire remain under investigation but we are looking for information,” Cartmill said. “Anyone can call with information or if they have any tips, saw something or heard anyone talking about these fire’s with an unusual level of knowledge or interest.”

The most recent suspected arson occurred Tuesday when a home on the corner of 43rd and Harrison streets caught fire, damaging two neighboring properties.

Three suspected arson fires occurred in the village during the early morning hours on Aug. 26. Two unoccupied houses, about 100 feet from each other on West 23rd Street burnt to the ground that morning. About an hour later, a third fire on the 4100 block of Harrison Street was reported.

All the fires occurred in buildings were unoccupied and have been described as being “dilapidated” and had no working utilities such as electricity or natural gas. The fires also took place during pre-dawn hours.

Anyone with information or a tip for the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office is asked to call 1-800-589-2728.

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