Investigators: Juveniles spotted fleeing grandstand fire

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — Arson investigators are still searching for the suspect or suspects who torched a fairground grandstand earlier this year.

The September 24 fire was discovered by Lancaster police and firefighters at about 2:15am after reports of a fire at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. When they arrived, they found a fully engulfed fire of the fairground’s 108-year-old historical grandstand. The grandstand, comprised of all wooden materials, was completely destroyed.

grandstandOfficials say the grandstand was no longer used for seating, but it stood as a backdrop to Mount Pleasant and the beautiful Rising Park for many years.

Witnesses told investigators they saw several juveniles running several blocks away from the scene at the time of the fire, but no other information has been released.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the people responsible for this crime.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to to e-mail a tip. Tips can also be sent by text to “CRIMES” 274637, keyword CMH.

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest of the suspect.

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