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Fire in Huron County ruled arson; investigators offering $5,000 reward

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information on a barn fire in Townsend Township that injured a firefighter after the blaze was ruled an act of arson.

HURON COUNTY, Ohio — Investigators are seeking tips from the public after a barn fire in Huron County was ruled arson, the Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office announced today. 

Townsend Township Fire Department personnel responded to the fire at 4326 Medusa Road late on the night of Aug. 2, finding a shed fully engulfed in flames and the north side of the shed collapsed. One firefighter was injured in the blaze and was treated at the scene.

In addition to the Townsend firefighters, four other emergency service departments were dispatched to help put out the fire and render aid.

State Fire Marshal investigators are conducting an investigation in conjunction with the Huron County Sheriff's Office to identify the perpetrator. 

The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee, an Ohio organization dedicated to helping arson investigators, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. 

Those with any information on the fire are asked to make tips by phone to the State Fire Marshal tip line at 800-589-2728 or the Huron County Sheriff's Office at 419-668-6912. 

The State Fire Marshal's office provided a photograph of the rubble. See it below: 

Credit: Ohio Division of State Fire Marshall

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