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$5K reward offered for info on Olena house fire

Cary Ashby • Aug 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM

OLENA — Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who set a house fire late Monday night.

The Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department was called to 499 U.S. 250 at 11:36 p.m. The first of the 13-man crew arrived about four or five minutes later.

“It was fully involved when we got there,” said Chief Edward Eden, who noted the house had been vacant for quite some time. “I would say it was a total loss.”

Firefighters received mutual aid from New London and Norwalk. Each crew brought a pumper and tanker to the scene. Eden said the fire was under control in about “an hour or less.”

“We kept a couple guys there until about 5 o’clock in the morning … for security purposes,” the chief added.

Huron County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Steve Shupp said firefighters have general idea of where the blaze started in the house. He declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.

“The house was vacant and had been for some time,” Shupp said.

Deputies left the scene about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Shupp said a neighbor who lives at the north side of the house called in the fire, but she didn’t see any suspicious activity beforehand. Other neighbors provided similar information to deputies.

“If anyone has photos of the actual fire, the fire marshal would like to see them,” said Shupp, who noted that such information could help with the ongoing investigation.

Eden said it has been “quite some time” since Fairfield firefighters handled a blaze at an abandoned house.

“It’s been years since we’ve been to a vacant house,” the chief added.

Anyone with information about Monday’s fire is encouraged to call the arson activity hotline at 800-589-2728 or the Huron County Sheriff's Office at 419-663-2828. Callers should reference case No. 19-4773 to the sheriff's office. Deputies on the agency Facebook page said “any information would be greatly appreciated.”

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