Ross County Man Says He Was Shot At Days After Arson On Property

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Kenneth Smith says someone is terrorizing him and his family.

They live in a very remote area of Ross County and say a vacant home on their property has suffered extensive damage from more than a half dozen arsons.

"The shed is gone, the barn's gone, the house has thousands of dollars in damages, but my wife's great grandfather built that, and we're going to save it," said Smith.

He says he's determined to figure out who is setting fire to the property and why.

He's growing more concerned now, however, because he says he's been shot at on his own property -- not once but twice. 

"I got a graze on the arm the night of Aug.10 in the woods there and this past Wednesday, I was on the hill back there and someone shot at me from the woods and the bullet went through my jeans,"

Smith says the Ross County Sheriff's Office has increased patrols in the area and is hopeful that recently installed surveillance cameras will help in the investigation.

"Someone knows something,” Smith said. “Whoever is doing this knows these 65 acres of woods better than we do.”

They are so desperate they're offering their own reward for information, on top of the State Fire Marshal's reward of $5,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal's Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728.

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