No Arrests Yet in Arson Fires
But police are still actively investigating, chief says
No arrests have been made yet in either of two arson fires on Priem Road and Collier Drive.
Police Chief Charles Goss said investigators are still hopeful that rewards of up to $7,000 will provide "a concrete link that will lead us to an arrest."
Still not known if whether the recent fires on Collier Drive are related to three car fires on the street in March.
"We're continuing to actively investigate," Goss said. "We've had a lot of conversations with people in the neighborhood."
As of now, the investigators don't believe the Priem and Collier fires are related.
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.
The fire department has 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.
Anyone with information about either fire is asked to call Strongsville police at 440-238-7373.
The Strongsville Police Department has also enlisted the support of Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County, Inc. to offer a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
On Collier Drive, a wood shed behind one 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.
In March, fires were set inside three unlocked vehicles in the early morning hours.