$10,000 Reward Offered To Find Arsonist Who Killed 3, Including Infant


Crime Stoppers announced on Sunday that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 in connection with a deadly fire that occurred one year ago.

The fire, at 128 N. Yale Ave. on the west side, was deliberately set, investigators determined.

Three people who were inside the home, Deanna F. Perry, 61; Charles J. Climer, 20; and Brianna P. Smith, a 7-month-old, died from the fire.

Firefighters said that it looked like Climer, 20, tried to save Perry, 61, and the baby, but no one made it out alive.

Investigators questioned a person of interest in the case; a man who family members said threatened the baby's mother the day before the fire, but no arrests have been made.

The lead investigator in the case said the person of interest initially questioned by detectives had an alibi and he was eliminated as a suspect.

Police do not believe the fire was the act of one person, which is why they believe someone in the community knows who set it.

The $10,000 reward is in effect for information received by Oct. 26 that leads to the arrests or indictments of the person or people responsible.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477 or visit their Web site and e-mail a tip.  Text tips can be sent to "274637" with key word "CMH."

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