Authorities have suspect in Willard residential blaze

Aaron Krause • Aug 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Police here have identified a suspect in a July 27 house fire on Keefer Street, but authorities aren't releasing his name since he hasn't been charged.

Willard Police Chief Mark Holden said the suspect has been sent to a hospital for a mental evaluation. Once that assessment has been completed, police will send a report to the law director for the consideration of charges, the chief said.

Willard Fire & Rescue Chief Joe Reiderman referred all calls to the state fire marshal's office.

Spokeswoman Lindsey Burnworth said the fire has been ruled an arson. Since the case remains under investigation, she said she couldn't release any information.

Willard Fire & Rescue received a 9-1-1 call at 6:24 p.m. July 27 reporting a residential fire at 319 Keefer St.

Firefighters found smoke and flames on the first and second floor. The blaze was under control within 30 minutes. Nobody was home at the time.

Firefighters were on scene until 11:47. The department sent nine vehicles. Nineteen personnel responded to the report of the fire, which caused no injuries.

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