Are Arson Fires a Cold Case?
Rewards bring in tips, but no arrests yet
A reward of up to $7,000 has not resulted in arrests in three arson fires this summer on Collier Drive and Priem Road.
"We were hoping, but it hasn't brought in any leads that led to an arrest," Detective Lt. John Janowski said.
In late August, the Strongsville Fire Department secured up to $5,000 in reward money from the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fires.
The Strongsville Police Department got Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County to offer a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Anyone with information about either fire is asked to call Strongsville police at 440-238-7373.
In the first incident, an unoccupied $275,000 house at 9889 Priem Rd. was burned to the ground early July 27. A neighbor reported flames about 12:30 a.m.
Two fires off Collier Drive about 5 a.m. Aug. 17 -- one in a wood shed behind a house and one in a paper recycling bin at adjacent Muraski School -- resulted in $6,000 worth of damage.
A wood shed behind a Collier Drive house was found burning about 5:15 a.m. Aug. 17. The blaze destroyed the shed and several nearby trees and damaged a fence, causing about $4,000 in damage.
Investigators don't believe the Priem and Collier fires are related.
But it's not known whether the fires on Collier Drive are related to three car fires on the same street last spring.
In March, fires were set inside three unlocked vehicles in the early morning hours.