Newark investigating string of suspicious fires

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NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) — A string of suspicious fires is being investigated in Newark.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been close to two dozen structure fires.

 Now the state fire marshal’s office and police department are getting involved.

The fire chief for the Newark fire department said they have been called to at least 19 fires so far this year, with most of them being suspicious.

Sunday night, close to 10 buildings were damaged during a fire on Wyoming Street.

Victor Bowman said he called for help after seeing the flames.

“I started hearing some popping and then I looked out the window and saw something red and ran out the window,” Bowman said.

His fence caught fire and the siding of his home melted.

Last week, a house on Cottage Street caught fire and the fire chief said it has now been ruled arson.

“I hope they do catch them, it’s crazy,” Bowman said.

The fire chief said this is a high number of fires so early in the year, but especially because they are suspicious.

Next week, fire officials are meeting with the state fire marshal and Newark Police Department to help with this investigation.

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