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.

Police and fire officials believe a fire that detroyed a Priem Road house on July 27, as well as two fires on Collier Drive Aug. 17 were all intentionally set.

In late August, the Strongsville Fire Department secured 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.

Callers can remain anonymous by calling the TIP line at 216-252-7463. For anonymous text messaging: Text TIP657 plus your message to CRIMES (274637), or on-line at www.tipsubmit.com.

In the first incident, . 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.

Firefighters also discovered a fire less than 100 feet away in paper recycling bin at Muraski School. That blaze caused about $2,000 worth of 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.

vel October 25, 2012 at 03:47 AM
what ever happened with the investigation into the strongsville hs fire from 1997 or 1998...sometime around then. any leads of new information?


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