Norwalk man indicted on aggravated arson

Fire destroyed the two-story house; conviction could result in prison term.
Cary Ashby
Apr 29, 2014


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.



I would like to know who paid the $15,000 bond and slap them silly! They were moving hope his wife and daughter did not lose too much stuff over his stupidity. In past articles I read that there had been thefts there and a truck was never found and tools were taken. They were moving because of the break-ins is my understanding. BUT....I find it a bit odd that thefts were reported then HE burns the house down. Anyone else see insurance fraud here? I hope he gets the full 8 years plus insurance fraud charges.