Ohio city adds to reward in suspicious fire string

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A reward for information about a string of suspicious fires in a northern Ohio city has been increased and community groups are banding together to attack the problem.

The Mansfield Fire Department says it has extinguished 43 arson fires since June at a time when staffing levels are at their lowest levels since the 1980s.

The Mansfield Firefighters union is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the fires.

That's on top of a $5,000 reward being offered by the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee.

A group of citizens, service organizations, churches and neighborhood watch organizations are developing an educational campaign drawing attention to how the problem hurts the community.

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