Around the Miami Valley
Fri August 19, 2011
Officials in 2 Ohio counties track serial fires
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials in two counties in north-central Ohio say they're widening a possible arson investigation after finding evidence of at least 27 suspicious fires since February. The fires have hit abandoned homes, barns, outbuildings, fields and ditches in Hardin and Union counties.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Friday that county officials says a meeting this week with the state fire marshal's office revealed more suspicious fires than they were originally aware of.
Only four fires have been officially labeled arson but authorities broadened their investigation because so many other blazes were part of a pattern involving abandoned properties.