Nichole Hannahs

Fire Investigation Underway in Dresden

by Nichole Hannahs on January 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

The investigation into a Dresden fire continues.

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, Dresden Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office all took a look at the scene at 95 North Chestnut Street. The mostly vacant building that once housed the Longaberger Corporate Offices caught fire around 11p.m. Tuesday.

Dresden Fire Chief Carl Archer said the fire began on the north end of the building and quickly spread. Firefighters battled the fire from outside the structure.

"It had been empty for several years and had roof leaks and some of the area was deteriorated and rather than risk any of our firefighters we’d made a determination previously that we wouldn’t make entry into the building," said Dresden Fire Chief Carl Archer.

Archer said 21 members of his department and three others from Frazeysburg fought to protect high voltage lines that run near the building. The lines supply most of Dresden with power.

Chief Archer said he believes the fire is suspicious and could be the work of an arsonist that’s plagued the village in the past.

Most of last year’s arsons occurred during cold weather.

"It’s possible. We don’t know who that person is. If we did we would have stopped these arsons," said Archer. "We had four last year that we determined were arson and this is the first this year."

No injuries were reported during Tuesday night’s fire. Archer said the men did deal with hydrants and trucks that froze up along with frozen hose lines. He said water also froze to the men.

According to the Muskingum County Auditor the building is owned by Frazeysburg LLC. The company purchased the property from Longaberger in 2009.