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State Fire Marshal arson investigation launched following 2 fires in Adams County; $5K reward offered for information

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The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating suspected arson at 528 Poplar Street Lot A, West Union, where two fires were started in a one-week period. (Submitted photos)
Ohio Fire Marshal's Office, Press Release

A residential fire in West Union (Adams County) has been ruled arson by the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau. Investigators are seeking tips from the public to help identify those responsible.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the West Union Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at 528 Poplar Street Lot A, West Union, in Adams County.

Fire crews extinguished the fire without incident. No injuries to first responders or the public were reported.  The mobile home was occupied at the time, and the tenants lost their dog in the fire.

Again on Sept. 12, the same home was intentionally set on fire.

Investigators with the Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau ruled the fire arson in their ongoing investigation. The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the West Union Police Department are working together to identify the person(s) responsible.

The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this fire.

Anyone who has information should contact the State Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728.