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 determination on any fire and as I got into the cause and determination on this one it quickly became pretty suspicious," says Chief Dave Lacy with the Zanesville Fire Department.
Chief Lacy did not want to release any more details about the cause until the investigation is complete. He did confirm that according to police reports, people were seen running from the scene. Chief Lacy says there have been other suspicious fires in that area, but not on Bailey Street.
"We do have several pending fires that we have determined to be arson in that end of town. So nothing really close by, but in the vicinity," tells Chief Lacy.
He says it is too early to tell if the fires are related. He hopes to have the investigation into the Bailey Street fire complete Thursday. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is helping Kim Ware and her son, Ryan Viney, who were living in the home. The Red Cross gave funding for clothes and food. The two will be staying with friends and relatives.