Marion Police Arrest Arson Suspect

Marion Police Arrest Arson Suspect (Image 1)

Marion Police have arrested one suspect they say is connected to three fires. 

One was on Bellefontaine Avenue, when 10 people were at home. Another was on Bellview.

Fire investigators are not naming the suspect yet, but say he is a 21-year-old man.

A firefighter had his leg broken in April when a building set on fire by two teens fell on him on Vine Street.

“We had a suspect we have been looking at for a while who actually set a two fires in a home he had been living, and set another fire in a home he moved to,” said Fire Captain Wade Ralph.

Fire investigators don’t suspect the same arsonist in the 11 suspicious homes fires over the last two months. 

A home on Herman Street was torched twice in the last year and investigators say it is arson.

The siding melted on both neighboring homes on Davids Street as the vacant home burned in between them. 

Robert Large, a neighbor, said he had to grab his kids and drag them outside.

Fire investigators say this was an arson with multiple points of ignition. 

Owner Anson Sherman said he was trying to fix the house up.

“Pretty extensive damage the first time, all the windows were blown out of it,” he said. “We haven’t got started on that, and almost lost it again.

“In April we had an addition built back here, it had a porch on it,” he continued. “I had a bag of sawdust sitting on it. Somebody set the bag on fire and basically burnt the addition on it.”

Sherman calls the home his first attempt at an investment property, but someone else has different ideas.

“We arrived yesterday morning to find part of the siding burnt off up to about this point on the house,” Sherman said.

A neighbor saw the fire in a bucket and kicked it away from the home.

Arson investigators say too many of these fires are targets of opportunity and advise owners of vacant properties to limit combustibles near the homes.

Several suspicious fires in the last few days bring the total up to 11 fires in two months.

“It is taxing our people,” Ralph said. “Those are dangerous fires. When you are talking suspicious arson related fires they are using incendiary devices, those are more well-involved fires making them more dangerous and more susceptible to collapse.”

Fire investigators say many times arsonists talk about their crimes.

“We need leads,” Ralph said. “That is what we need now, someone to give us names, go talk to somebody, and let us get in front of them and find out who is responsible.”

Fire investigators say they need help in identifying these arsonist because they put everyones’ lives in jeopardy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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