Arson Now Suspected in Fires on Both Priem and Collier; Rewards Offered
Investigators believe all three blazes were intentionally set
Investigators believe a fire that detroyed a Priem Road house on July 27 was intentionally set, as were two fires on Collier Drive Aug. 17.
Up to $7,000 is being offered by the police and fire departments for information leading to the arrest and conviction/indictment of the offenders.
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.
"The exact cause of the fire remains undetermined, but fire officials suspect arson based on several factors discovered during the fire investigation," Fire Chief Jeff Branic said in a news release.
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.
Two homes had to be evacuated because of fears the fire would spread.
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.
Police aren't sure yet if those two blazes are related to three car fires on Collier Drive in March.
In that case, fires were set inside three unlocked vehicles in the early morning hours.
"We are looking into whether or not the fires are related," Detective Lt. John Janowski told Strongsville Patch last week.
More information about Crime Stoppers can be found at www.25crime.com.