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.