Fire officials investigating possible arson in Ashley

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ASHLEY, OH (WCMH) — One person is in serious condition after a house fire in Ashley.

It happened around 10am Saturday on Vine Street. According to officials on the scene, one person was transported in serious condition to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

christopher-m-richardsonThe Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says the fire is being investigated as an act of arson at this time. Christopher M. Richardson, 26, of Ashley was arrested and charged with aggravated arson.

The house is about 70 percent destroyed, firefighters say.

The Elm Valley Fire Department is also on scene.

“It looks like it had a little bit of help. You know, we were behind the ball when we got here,” said Dale Lipps, fire chief with Elm Valley FD. “It was coming out the front windows when we arrived on scene.” 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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