HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Investigators have ruled that a fire started in a Howland home late Sunday night was an act of arson.
There is now a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who started the blaze. Investigators have determined that the home was set to go up for sale within the next week after major renovations.
Flames broke out about 11:45 p.m. at the house in the 7000 block of Micawber Road. The fire destroyed the garage and then spread to the house.
Investigators are interviewing people to try to track down a suspect. In a recording of a 911 call obtained by WKBN, a caller reports that someone set the fire, saying, “There was a truck over there about a half hour ago and now the house is up in flames. I saw people leave. I saw them light a fire over there.”
Howland Fire Chief James Pantalone said renovations were being done on the house.
“They were doing some rehab, so we are going to keep the residence secure. We will keep someone posted here all night,” Pantalone said Sunday night. “We will be back tomorrow morning to do some investigation.”
Damage is estimated at about $150,000, and siding on neighboring homes sustained damage.