$5K reward for barn fire information
A reward of up to $5,000 has been posted for information about who is responsible for Thursday’s barn fire.
Investigators want to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard something out of the ordinary at or around the time of the fire which was reported at 6:08 a.m., State Fire Marshal spokesperson Shane Cartmill said.
Anyone who heard someone talking about the fire with an unusual level of interest or knowledge is also encouraged to call. No tip should be considered insignificant, Cartmill said.
Those with information may call the Division of State Fire Marshal at 1–800-589‑2728 or the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at 740–833-2800.
The fire destroyed property at 15253 Woodtown Road in Sunbury. It was the first of three barn fires to be reported that morning, but the only one with enough evidence to officially be ruled as arson.
“The cause of the other two barn fires on 1915 Ohio 605S and 4855 Miller-Paul Road remains undetermined,” Cartmill wrote. “However, investigators believe those fires are probably also arson given their close proximity in time and location.”
The fires on Ohio 605 and Miller-Paul Road were reported at 6:26 and 6:52 a.m., respectively.
Investigators also would like to hear from anyone who may have information about those fires.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is also looking into possible links between the recent Delaware County barn fires and the five Licking County arsons, which took place within the past year. No connection has yet been confirmed, Cartmill said.
Two of the five Licking County fires took place in Hartford Township, for which a Licking County Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 was offered.
The first was reported around 6:45 a.m. Feb. 9 at 3660 N. County Line Road in Croton. The second was reported around 6:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at 15218 Downing Road in Centerburg.
Both barns were used to store farm equipment and other goods, and experienced respective losses of more than $6,000 and $1,000,000.
The other three Licking County fires were reported Aug. 18, 2011 between 5:13 and 6:21 a.m. in the Hebron area.