Authorities seeking information regarding fires

Authorities are seeking information regarding two fires in the Hicksville area. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau

The state fire marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau is seeking tips from the public regarding an intentionally set fire at an abandoned home in Hicksville.

Authorities said the fire occurred shortly before 5 a.m. Friday at 419 Perry St. The Hicksville Fire Department responded to the scene, with mutual aid from the Sherwood Fire Department and Hicksville Police Department.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. It had been abandoned for many years and was in the process of being demolished.

Additionally, the same agency is seeking tips from the public regarding an intentionally set fire inside a vehicle stolen from a home in Hicksville.

A 2009 Ford E250 van was taken from 317 W. High St., at around 5:30 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was located on Ohio-Indiana State Line Road at around 11:30 a.m. The Hicksville Fire Department responded and discovered a small fire inside the abandoned van. According to the owner, several items had been stolen from inside the vehicle.

Both cases are being investigated jointly by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Hicksville police.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for either of the fires.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the State Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728 or the Hicksville Police Department at 419-542-6661.

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