BROOKFIELD/MASURY, Ohio (WKBN) – An investigation is now underway after fire officials say it appears a house in the Brookfield/Masury area was intentionally set on fire late Monday night.
An arson sign now decorates the lawn outside a charred home in the 8000 block of Roberts Street. Officials believe it was intentionally set on fire just before 11 p.m.
“I was just driving down the freeway and the whole porch is on fire,” said a 911 caller.
The fire spread to the house next door.
Brookfield Fire Chief David Masirovits says both homes were vacant.
“There were a lot of circumstances surrounding it that lead us to believe that it was suspicious in nature,” he said.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.
“Finding a cause and origin is the primary focus right now and then trying to narrow it down to find who committed the crime,” Masirovits said.
As part of the state Blue Ribbon Arson Committee, a $5,000 reward is being offered for tips that’ll lead investigators to a suspect.
Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the Brookfield Police Department at 330-448-6960, the Brookfield Fire Department at 330-448-1000 or the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 614-752-8200.