ZANESVILLE, Ohio – For the 4th time in five years a Pine Street building has caught on fire, this time completely destroying the structure.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Doug Hobson the fire broke out in the 700 block off Pine Street near Baker Street at 3:25 Friday morning. Hobson said when the fire crews arrived on the scene the roof of the structure was fully engulfed in flames.
“The Assistant Chief of the shift went on an defensive tactic just simply we didn’t want any fireman hurt in the structure. It is a vacant, abandon structure. All utilities were off to the structure with right away leads us to believe a specious fire,” said Hobson.
Hobson said the last time the building was on fire was earlier this year in January and now considers the building a total loss. He told us now they are asking for the community help towards cracking down on the case, even offering a reward.
“Because we’ve had this building on fire so many times, we will look for the State Fire Marshall to put a reward on this. Usually it’s in a sub of like $5,000 leading up to an arrest. Once that takes place those signs will be put on the structure or out in front of the structure,” said Hobson.
If you have any information involving this case call Zanesville Fire Department at the number at: (740) 455-0700.