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.
It is illegal to do any open burning within the city of Zanesville, but that warning isn't stopping people.
"We had numerous calls over the weekend. I think people were out trying to clean their yards up. We had a rough winter with a lot of limbs, branches, and things like that down. So, people were trying to beautify their property, " says Zanesville Fire Chief, Dave Lacy.
Lacy says going on illegal burns eats up the fire department's time and potentially takes them...
A vacant home is damaged after a fire Tuesday evening.
It happened around 8:10 p.m. at 119 Pierce Street.
Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Burley says the source of the fire is unknown at this time.
According to scanner traffic, a white male was seen walking from the scene of the fire. Lt. Tony Coury of the Zanesville Police Department says they are looking for the man, but aren't sure if he is connected with the fire.
The city of Zanesville is in a budget crunch and Thursday the Public Safety Committee met to discuss cutbacks at the police and fire departments.
The Zanesville Police Department has to trim around $150,000 off its budget from last year. Chief Eric Lambes said they are cutting back on overtime, going back to a cheaper paint scheme on their vehicles and they will not be filling two open positions.
They may also have to discontinue use of their in-cruiser computer...
While kids may be excited to go outside and play in the white stuff, the Zanesville Fire Department is asking parents to keep kids away from the piles of snow growing all across Southeastern Ohio.
Some of the piles are several feet tall.
"I know some of them actually look like an igloo. They're very attractive, but the thing people don't realize is that a lot of those piles of snow are made up of different buckets of snow that have come from the snowfall we've had, and it...
A family is left homeless on this cold winter night after a fire destroyed their home.
It happened around 4 p.m. at 335 Jordan Avenue in Zanesville.
"When we arrived, we did find a fire coming from the front room through one window. It was starting to roll out of the window onto the front porch. We made entry, knocked the fire down fairly quickly, and conducted a primary search, " says Zanesville Fire Department Captain Kevin Thomas.
The Zanesville Fire Deparment is ruling Wednesday's fire on Bailey Street as suspicious.
The fire started in the rear of the home at 372 Bailey Street around 9 PM. Kim Ware and her son Ryan Viney, who live in the house, were not home at the time of the fire. It took fire fighters about an hour and a half to put out the flames and now investigators say certain aspects of the fire make it suspicious.
"The fire pattern inside, you know, we have to do a cause and...
The Zanesville Fire Department is praising the efforts of a four-year-old boy who it says saved the lives of his parents and himself.
Crews were called into battle a fire just before four a.m. at 742 Westbourne Avenue.
"The house did not have a working smoke detector, and actually, the adults in the house were awakened by a four-year-old who reported to them that he smelled burnt toast in the upstairs, " says Fire Chief, Dave Lacy.