State officials are seeking the public's help about the fire that burned a Willard mobile home to the ground.
The blaze at 4290 Pleasant St. was reported at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Nobody was home at the time.
That's slightly less than 2 1/2 hours after the victim of a suspected assault and robbery at the same address called 9-1-1 to report he was following his attackers to Bellevue. It's unknown if those crimes are related to the fire.
The Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office is conducting an investigation about the blaze.
"It's still ongoing in conjunction with the Willard fire department and (the) Huron County Sheriff's Office. The case is still under investigation at the moment," said Michael Duchesne, spokesman for the fire marshal's office.
"We are looking for anybody (who) may have some information about the fire -- anybody (who) saw something at or around the time of the fire," he said.
Tipsters are encouraged to call the toll-free tip line for the fire marshal's office at (800) 589-2728 or the sheriff's office at (419) 663-2828.
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the assault and robbery and must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.
Christopher L. Stephens, 31, of 109 Motson St., Willard, and Ashland residents James D. Fisher Jr., 34, Jeremy S. Fisher, 33, are charged with one count each of robbery and felonious assault.
The 24-year-old Plymouth victim was visiting the three men on Pleasant Street when a fight broke out, Detective Kayla Zander said.
"He was assaulted. They allegedly stole money. They got in their car and took off," she said.
The man called 9-1-1 at 6:05 a.m. to report "he was following the suspects toward Bellevue."
Two deputies pulled over the suspects at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Sheffield Street in Bellevue and arrested them.
Zander said the victim was assaulted with a "blunt force object" and followed his suspected attackers from Willard to Bellevue.
"We believe we may have recovered the object, but it's not been confirmed," said the detective, who declined to say what the weapon is.
The victim first was treated at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. A LifeFlight helicopter later transported him to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.