Willard truck fire considered suspicious

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

WILLARD - The suspicious fire of a stolen pickup truck on a railroad access road off Washburn Road early Monday morning remains under investigation.

The 1996 Chevrolet S10 truck belonging to a U.S. 224, Greenwich, man was completely destroyed. Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Annette McLaughlin said the man indicated the vehicle was still in his driveway when he went to bed Sunday night.

"He didn't know it was stolen. He said he didn't anyway," McLaughlin said.

"The guy only had liability (insurance) on it. He had some tools in it," she continued. "It was $5,000 worth of tools."

An employee with CSX Railroad reported the fire at 4:15 a.m.

Willard Assistant Fire Chief Joe Reiderman said the passenger and engine compartments were on fire when he and seven other firefighters arrived at 4:27. They had the blaze under control in about 10 minutes and used about 1,500 gallons to extinguish it.

"It was a set fire in the passenger compartment," Reiderman said. "Whether it was intentionally set or accidentally set is yet to be determined."

The department called in a state fire marshal investigator. Reiderman said authorities didn't find any accelerants or related containers near the truck.

The incident remains under investigation by both the fire department and the sheriff's office.

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