WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A vacant house fire in Warren is being called arson.
It happened on Homewood Avenue a little before 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Officials said no one was hurt, but investigators say it was intentionally set.
George “Eddie” Bailey lives next door. His house was damaged by the heat from the fire.
“All the vinyl siding is pretty much melted down. There are a couple of windows cracked,” he said
Bailey said he first noticed the house next door on fire at about 3:45 a.m.
“The light from the flames was coming through my window, so I peeked out and saw everything burning. I just called 911,” he said.
Chief Ken Nussle said the fire was fully involved when crews arrived.
“Firefighters tried to make an offensive attack, but the floors were starting to go at that point so they had to withdraw and just fight that defensively,” he said.
No one had been living in the house for a few years, and Nussle said the house did not have utilities.
“I spoke to the State Fire Marshal this morning. They determined that the fire was intentionally set,” Nussle said.
A Blue Ribbon Arson Committee sign is on display in front of the charred house reminding people of the possible $5,000 reward should they pass along information that leads to the person responsible.
“I hope if somebody did set it, they can catch the person and prosecute them and put them in jail because, basically, they put people’s lives in danger. People that live around here, plus firefighters, too,” Bailey said.
Anyone with information can contact the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office at 800-589-2728 or the Warren Fire Department at 330-841-2542.