Reward Offered for Help with Newark Arson Fires

by Emily Baird on September 28, 2009

The State Fire Marshall’s Office, the Newark Fire Department, and the Newark Police Department say they need the public’s help in finding the person or people responsible for as many as eight fires throughout the city of Newark within the past two weeks.

Assistant Fire Chief, David Decker, says the fires are still under investigation and it’s not certain yet if all the fires are connected.

The latest two fires occurred Sunday morning, within a span of three hours from each other, at a commercial building on Iron Avenue and an abandoned home on Buckingham Street. Decker says one firefighter was injured while battling the Buckingham Street fire, and the Newark Fire Department then called in the State Fire Marshall’s Office for assistance in the investigations.

The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering five thousand dollars to anyone who has information leading to the arrests of the person or people responsible for the fires.

Interim State Fire Marshal, Donald Cooper, says his office is concerned that someone will get hurt or killed if these set fires escalate from abandoned homes and buildings to occupied ones.