GREENVILLE — On Friday, Greenville Fire Department Assistant Chief Shannon Fritz ruled a recent fire in Colonial Trailer Park an arson.
The fire occurred on September 28, approximately 9:12 p.m., at 5438 State Route 49, Lot#38.
“Upon arrival the company officer in charge transmitted a second alarm assignment for the structure fire with a report of flames showing on an abandon trailer fire,” said Fritz. “Further investigation in conjunction with the Greenville Police department has ruled this fire an intentional set fire. We are looking for any information that may help with our investigation.”
Fritz and Greenville Police Officer Morrisa Reed said this isn’t the first fire in the trailer park. In fact, there had been three other fires of abandoned house trailers in recent years – two in the past year – one in September 2015 and the other in April.
Although the source of the fire is still undetermined, all of the recent fires were set in the same way and in the same place on the trailers, said Fritz.
Fritz and Reed are hoping that someone will come forward with information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible. Fritz warned that trailer fires are “very dangerous fires” because they burn hot and fast leaving the structure unstable for firefighters. In addition, a trailer fire in the park puts other people’s homes and lives at risk, he said.
Any information that leads to a conviction will be submitted for a cash award up to $5,000 under the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson committee.
“Please contact the Greenville Fire Department (937-548-3040) with any information you may have that could help us in our investigation,” encouraged Fritz.