Jul 28, 2014

No Arrests Yet in Arson Fires

But police are still actively investigating, chief says

No Arrests Yet in Arson Fires No Arrests Yet in Arson Fires

No arrests have been made yet in either of two arson fires on Priem Road and Collier Drive.

Police Chief Charles Goss said investigators are still hopeful that rewards of up to $7,000 will provide "a concrete link that will lead us to an arrest."

Police and fire officials believe a fire that on July 27, as well as Aug. 17 were all intentionally set.

Still not known if whether the recent fires on Collier Drive  on the street in March.

"We're continuing to actively investigate," Goss said. "We've had a lot of conversations with people in the neighborhood."

As of now, the investigators don't believe the Priem and Collier fires are related.

In the first incident, . was burned to the ground early July 27. A neighbor reported flames about 12:30 a.m.

 -- one in a wood shed behind a house and one in a paper recycling bin at adjacent Muraski School -- resulted in $6,000 worth of damage.

The fire department has secured up to $5,000 in reward money from the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fires.

Anyone with information about either fire is asked to call Strongsville police at 440-238-7373.

The Strongsville Police Department has also enlisted the support of Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County, Inc. to offer a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.

Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP line phone number is 216-252-7463. For anonymous text messaging: Text TIP657 plus your message to CRIMES (274637), or on-line at  www.tipsubmit.com.

On Collier Drive, a wood shed behind one house was found burning about 5:15 a.m. Aug. 17. The blaze destroyed the shed and several nearby trees and damaged a fence, causing about $4,000 in damage.

Firefighters also discovered a fire less than 100 feet away in paper recycling bin at . That blaze caused about $2,000 worth of damage.

In March,  in the early morning hours.


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