The problem of arson in Dresden is real. Village council members met on Thursday to talk about offering reward money to help find the person responsible.
For five years the village has been dealing with the work of an arsonist. The latest fire was set at 95 S.Chestnut Street in January and Dresden Mayor, David Mathew hopes that offering a reward will encourage people to come forward with information.
"$25,000 is what we are going to offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in deliberately setting the fire at 95 S.Chestnut Street plus there will be reward money for information on the rest of the previous fires," said Mathew.
The reward money will not come out of tax payers dollars but will be provided by local insurance agencies and donors who say they are fed up with the fires. Mayor Mathew says that damages have totaled nearly four million dollars and the issue hits home for his own family.
"Your heart drops when the siren rings in the middle of the night," said Mathew. It’s a pretty terrible feeling. My wife and I lost a property in that and there’s been six or seven fires within block of house when they first started its been tough.
Along with help from the community the village is working with local and state law enforcement to put an end to arson in the area . If you have any information you should contact the Dresden Police Department.