BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – The state fire marshal ruled the fire that destroyed the historical Firestone Mansion as arson.
The owner, Tom Ellison, said he is not surprised by the decision. He said when the fire happened on Oct. 21 that he thought someone intentionally set it.
Now, the 134-year-old structure has been reduced to a pile of rubble after Ellison knocked down what remained.
Ellison is doing the cleanup work himself because he owns an excavating company. He originally had intended to sell it.
“I had several people who were very interested and very close to purchase,” he said.
The mansion was not insured.
Ellison said he has been in contact with the people who lived in the home previously.
“They were beside themselves as well. A gentleman from Texas was brought up here. I have just had an outpouring of thoughts and condolences, let’s say, for the house, because everybody was pretty enamored with it,” Ellison said.
He said he is leaving his options open when it comes to the house.
“If I want to build here I can, in the same spot. Or if sell the land, it will be satisfactory for someone else to build here,” Ellison said.
The State Fire Marshal continues to investigate and a spokesperson said they are unsure how long the investigation will take. They are asking for anyone with information to call 1-800-589-2728.