Stories tagged with: Arson

April 12, 2010 - 4:30pm
4 years 19 weeks ago

The Zanesville Fire Department is calling a late night blaze arson.

It happened at 1437 Wheeler Road around 10:15 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters responded to a structure that was fully-engulfed. It took them about a half hour to tame before the investigation could begin.

"We've ruled out any accidental means on it or things that were here that may have caused the fire. So, it's definitely a set fire, " says Fire Chief, Dave Lacy.

The fire started near the front...

March 31, 2010 - 4:49pm
4 years 21 weeks ago

The city of Zanesville has seen four structure fires within a week. Fire Chief, Dave Lacy says the latest two fires, the Ridge Avenue fire, and the Crown Street fire are all being linked, and he says he believes there is an arsonist or arsonists within our midst.

"I would say it is probably more than likely somebody who definitely knows the area and probably somebody that lives in the area. It's a very good possibility the person is traveling on foot so that a vehicle isn't being...

March 31, 2010 - 4:45pm
4 years 21 weeks ago

The Zanesville Fire Department is calling two early morning, vacant garage fires arson.

Crews responded to a structure fire in the 400 block of Schaum Avenue around two a.m. where they found an intense fire. Fire Chief, Dave Lacy, says firefighters were able to get the blaze under control within a half hour. The structure is a total loss, and the heat of the fire also caused some collateral damage to three surrounding buildings.

Lacy says when crews began to investigate that fire...

March 31, 2010 - 4:43am
4 years 21 weeks ago

Arson is the cause of two Wednesday morning fires in the City of Zanesville.

Around 2am Zanesville Police Department Lt. Bill Shaw says the Zanesville Fire Department and police responded to a structure fire in the 400 block of Schaum Avenue. A garage was on fire and is considered a total loss. Some property nearby also suffered some damage.

Then just before 3am another garage was found on fire in the 400 block of Hedgewood Avenue.

Police say with the other suspicious...

March 29, 2010 - 5:59pm
4 years 21 weeks ago

The Zanesville Fire Department confirms the fire that occurred at 1449 Crown Street Saturday evening is arson.

Fire Chief, Dave Lacy, says the department's investigative team was able to find the source of the fire. It started in a room on the second story. Lacy says a pile of trash on the floor was ignited. The fire caused minimal damage to the inside of the vacant home.

There was an initial report that ZPD was looking for three white males, who were seen near the structure at...

March 16, 2010 - 3:20pm
4 years 23 weeks ago

A 19-year-old Newark man will spend five years in prison for an arson last October.

Joshua Sawyers was found guilty of aggravated arson in a fire that destroyed a three-story-barn on Railroad Street. The fire was so intense it also damaged eight surrounding homes and half a dozen railroad cars that contained hazardous materials.

Judge Thomas Marcelain sentenced Sawyers to the five-year-sentence Tuesday in Licking County Common Pleas Court. He also ordered Sawyers to pay $50,...

March 15, 2010 - 3:14pm
4 years 23 weeks ago

A Zanesville woman received her sentence in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Monday for setting her home on fire.

Judge Kelly Cottrill sentenced 50-year-old Sondra Caplinger to five years community control and 100 hours of public service. Caplinger attempted to burn down her Linden Avenue home, after a divorce, in October 2008. She later pled guilty to one count of attempted aggravated arson.

In addition to her sentence Judge Cottrill ordered her to under go counseling...

March 9, 2010 - 6:22pm
4 years 24 weeks ago

The State Fire Marshal's Office says an early Sunday morning fire in Crooksville is being deemed arson.

Spokeman Shane Cartmill says there were no utilities to the structure on 572 Washington Street. It was unoccupied, and Cartmill says it hadn't been repaired in years.

This is the second fire this home has experienced. Cartmill says the one before Sunday's occurred back in August of 2009, but he says he doesn't have any details on that blaze.

The cause of the fire has been...

January 27, 2010 - 4:16pm
4 years 23 weeks ago

A 50-year-old Zanesville woman admitted to attempted arson Wednesday in court.

Sondra Caplinger pled guilty to one count of attempted aggravated arson in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in front of Judge Kelly Cottrill.

Caplinger attempted to burn her own Linden Avenue home, after a divorce, in October 2008.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Bob Smith, they made no sentencing recommendation, but did ask for restitution. Judge Cottrill ordered a pre-...

November 8, 2009 - 11:45pm
4 years 41 weeks ago

Zanesville Fire Department Assistant Chief Kevin Thomas says the cause of a shed fire in the Sunrise Center is arson.

Thomas says the fire was intentionally set because the source of the fire originated from the outside of the shed.

It broke out around 8:30 p.m. behind the Knights of Columbus building.

Zanesville Police Department Lieutenant Tony Courey says a driver on Interstate 70 notified authorities about the blaze.

The fire was contained to the shed, which...

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