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Arson Investigation Continues in Harrison Township
HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- Continuing coverage on the ongoing arson problem in the Miami Valley.
In Harrison Township an arsonist is still on the loose. The State Fire Marshal is still looking for whoever torched a house on the 2400 block of Berwyck Avenue. That house burned down three weeks ago.
Right now, several arson investigations are underway in Montgomery County, and the spike of fires is creating a lot of concern for the fire departments.
Although many of these fires are in vacant houses, it still creates a big risk for firefighters.
Two firefighters were hurt fighting the fire on Berwyck Avenue and it took a lot of personnel to control the flames.
These arsons also have an impact on the community. Dirk Oglesby, founder of Third Chance Ministries, is still trying to recover from the loss of his house.
Oglesby was planning to turn it into the Suites of Berwyck, a independent living facility which would have housed four families trying to get their life back together.
He says the number of people needing help is growing, but with limited space he now has a growing waiting list.
Oglesby says they not only lost a building with this recent arson but rehabbing the house nearly depleted the organization's funds.
The fire marshal is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information should call the Ohio Fire Marshal or the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
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