Arson suspected in 'home wrecker' fire

Cary Ashby • Jun 24, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Several agencies are investigating a suspected arson at the Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park just outside of Wakeman.

"It is an active, ongoing investigation," Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said late Monday afternoon. "It appears to be incendiary in nature. It is being worked as an arson (case)."

Someone spray-painted the phrase "home wrecker" in large red letters on the shed behind the mobile home at 134 Linden Ave., Wakeman.

Dispatchers received the report of a residential fire at 3:20 a.m. Sunday.

"We received a call during the early morning hours. We went there and assisted the Wakeman fire department," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

Fire Chief Dave Wilson couldn't be reached for comment after the Reflector staff made multiple calls to him.

Howard said the state fire marshal's office is offering a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who are responsible. The sheriff said there is a poster on the front of the mobile home.

"I don't know of anybody (who was) injured," Howard said.

The state fire marshal's office received a call about the fire just after 4 a.m. Sunday.

"It's been considered incendiary in nature. It also is still under investigation," spokeswoman Lindsey Burnworth said.

Detectives Kayla Zander and Eric Bardar are leading the investigation for the sheriff's office. Howard said his office is assisting the state fire marshal's office and Wakeman Fire District in the ongoing probe.

"The detectives have been working the case all day," the sheriff said.

Howard confirmed he and the detectives have interviewed several people. However, the sheriff declined to provide any details about the case because he said the information would "contaminate" the investigation.

"I'm hopeful we'll have more information very soon," Howard added.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Huron County Sheriff's Office at (419) 663-2828 or the tip line for the state fire marshal's office at (800) 589-2728.

Burnworth said the toll-free tip line is for people with information about the fire, who saw "anything out of the ordinary at or around the time of the fire" or heard someone say something about the blaze "with an unusual level of interest or knowledge."

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