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Norwalk man indicted on aggravated arson

Cary Ashby • Apr 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A Norwalk man has been indicted in connection with starting a fire in a vacant Willard house.

Samuel E. Sherck, 58, of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 34, is charged with aggravated arson. If convicted of the second-degree felony, he faces two to eight years in prison.

The March 30 fire destroyed the two-story house at 6 B&O Pike in Willard. The arson case was part of a joint investigation by Willard Fire & Rescue, the Willard Police Department and Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office.

Twenty-one firefighters were on the scene in three engines, a ladder truck and several support vehicles after being dispatched at 6:12 p.m. Three ambulances also responded.

"We went right into defensive mode; it was that involved," fire Chief Joe Reiderman said in April.

The homeowners lived at the house two to three years.

"The owners were in the process of moving out. The house was for sale," Reiderman said.

A fire marshal's investigator interviewed Sherck at the fire station March 31. Police arrested him after he reportedly confessed to the crime and was transported to the Huron County Jail. Sherck was released two days later after posting a $15,000 bond.

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