Streetsboro firefighters say a fire at the Settler's Landing apartment complex on Sunday evening was intentionally set.

Fire investigators examined the scene and talked to witnesses, who reported seeing "several younger people" running from the area at the same time smoke was spotted coming from the corner of the building.

There could be a reward of up to 5-thousand dollars from the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to whoever's responsible for the fire.

Anyone with information is being asked to call fire investigators at the Streetsboro fire department. (330-626-4664).

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Investigators say a fire at a hotel in Green was caused by a man setting the fire with a newspaper under a nearby room's door.

It happened early Monday morning at the Holiday Inn Express on Arlington Ridge.

The suspect, 35-year old Christopher Sumey of Akron, claimed a group of 25-year-old men staying next door broke into his room with torches. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Sumey actually lit a newspaper and slid it under a door causing the door and carpet to catch fire.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire. The building was evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Sumey admitted to the crime and was arrested and charged with aggravated arson. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

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Sunday, 11 January 2015 11:35

New Franklin Fire Investigated

No injuries reported but New Franklin fire and police are investigating an apparent arson at a vacant home on Lieb Drive in the early morning hours Sunday.
 
A police patrolman spotted smoke and fire at the home; New Franklin FD and Clinton FD firefighters responded and brought the fire under control. Damages were estimated at $10,000.
 
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(New Franklin Fire Department) The City of New Franklin Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 637 Lieb Dr., on January 11, 2015 at 12:55 a.m.
 
A New Franklin police officer on patrol noticed smoke and fire near the front door of the vacant struture. On arrival New Franklin firefighters extinguished a fire in the entryway.
 
Damage is estimated at $10,000. 
 
New Franklin firefighters were assisted by Clinton Village firefighters.
 
The fire has been determined to be suspicious, and New Franklin Fire and Police are investigating. 
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Monday, 22 December 2014 15:45

Small Gas Bottle Arson Attempt On North Hill

Akron police and fire investigators are looking into a fire at a North Hill home on Friday, after the homeowner says someone threw a lit bottle of gasoline onto her front porch twice that day.

The owner of the home on Cranz Place says the fire in the first lit gasoline bottle put itself out on Friday afternoon. But someone threw another lit gasoline bottle onto her front porch a few hours later.

That attempted cause a small fire on the home's front porch, which was put out.

Arson investigators and APD investigators say there's a possible suspect, and say they did get the small gas can used in the second attempt.

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Stow Police need your help finding the person who shot a flare through an apartment window on the Fourth of July.

It happened at an apartment complex on Mac Drive. The resident came home around 11:20 p.m. and found her apartment filling up with smoke.

Police said someone shot a flare gun at close range outside the apartment. The flare landed in a laundry basket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Stow Police at 330-689-5731 or CrimeStoppers at 330-434-2677. A reward of up to $2,000 is available for tips leading to an arrest.

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An Akron woman has been charged with three counts of aggravated arson for allegedly setting a house on fire last April.

Stark County Sheriff's deputies arrested Rose Ann Butts, 41, of Akron, for her role in a house fire that spread to two homes nearby on McKinley Avenue in North Canton on April 12, 2012.

The investigation was conducted by the North Canton Fire Prevention Bureau, North Canton Police Department, the State Fire Marshall’s office and the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office. Samples of debris were collected and sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for analysis. The fire was determined to be arson.

The findings of the investigation were presented to a Stark County Grand Jury.

Butts was arrested and taken to the Stark County Jail. an arraignment has been scheduled for March 1 at 8:30 a.m.

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A Stow man will be spending the next 28 years in prison for burning down his house in 2009 and a duplex in 2010.

Summit County Prosecutors said 50-year old Scott Purk burned down his home in March of 2009 in order to collect insurance money. He then set fire to a duplex in Stow in March 2010 where a resident was inside sleeping.

She was however, able to escape unharmed.

The Stow Police Department spent two years investigating these crimes with assistance from the Stow and Cuyahoga Falls Fire Departments.

On December 13, Purk pleaded guilty near the end of his trial to all of the charges in his indictment, including multiple counts of aggravated arson, attempted aggravated murder, insurance fraud, and other charges.

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A Stow man will be spending the next 28 years in prison for burning down his house in 2009 and a duplex in 2010.

Summit County Prosecutors said 50-year old Scott Purk burned down his home in March of 2009 in order to collect insurance money. He then set fire to a duplex in Stow in March 2010 where a resident was inside sleeping.

She was however, able to escape unharmed.

The Stow Police Department spent two years investigating these crimes with assistance from the Stow and Cuyahoga Falls Fire Departments.

On December 13, Purk pleaded guilty near the end of his trial to all of the charges in his indictment, including multiple counts of aggravated arson, attempted aggravated murder, insurance fraud, and other charges.

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Friday, 03 February 2012 15:49

Windham Fires Ruled Arson

State fire investigators say that two recent fires at a Windham apartment complex were deliberately set, and they're hoping to find out who's responsible.

The fires were set last month on two different occasions at two unoccupied Windham apartments believed to be in the same complex off Maple Grove and East Center Street....the first fire was set on January 18th, and the second just over one week later on January 26th.


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Fire officials say that other fires in the same area have been investigated going back to 2010 and 2011.

They won't comment on how the fires were set, but investigators say given the proximity of the two fires last month, they can't rule out the possibility that those are connected.

A Blue Ribbon Arson Reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to ID of those responsible.

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Wednesday, 07 December 2011 06:56

Suspected Arsonist Killed In Canton Fire

A Canton man is dead after a house fire Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say Daniel F. Anthony, 55, died in the fire that they suspect him of starting.

The Canton Repository reports Anthony was charged with arson for a house fire two years ago. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Neighbors of Anthony told the Repository that he was troubled and believed others were trying to kill him.

A concerned store owner across the street called police after Anthony said someone was trying to poison him.

The fire started after authorities arrived at his home.

Firefighters believe the fire is arson, but they are still investigating the incident. 

On the Web: www.cantonrep.com 

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