Arson suspected in Wakeman mobile home fire

Cary Ashby • Oct 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

WAKEMAN — A fire early Friday morning at Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park is being considered suspicious.

The Wakeman Fire District responded to 5810 U.S. 20, Lot 44, Wakeman, about 12:10 a.m. with nearly 15 firefighters in three trucks. The crew also received assistance from Florence Township.

“Florence Township brought two trucks and probably around eight guys,” Chief Dave Wilson said. “The sheriff’s office was out there for a little bit.”

Chief Deputy Dave Ditz said the fire remains under investigation and is being handled by the state fire marshal’s office.

When the Wakeman firefighters arrived, “the trailer was fully involved,” Wilson said. “It was a vacant trailer. A neighbor saw (the fire).”

The blaze is considered suspicious because the mobile home was vacant and without any utilities, the chief added. He noted it started in the middle of the residence, which sustained most of the damage, and eventually destroyed the trailer.

“We had it under control within 10 minutes, but we were out there about three hours,” Wilson said. “Everything is still under investigation.”

The crew spent time pulling ceilings and checking for hot spots. 

Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, authorities contacted the state fire marshal’s office “and they tagged it an arson,” Wilson added.

The state is offering $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the identification of the suspected arsonist. Wilson said. 

The Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee of the state fire marshal’s office has a sign posted on the trailer, declaring “fire officials suspect this fire was the result of (an) arson.” Anyone with information is encouraged to call the state fire marshal’s office at 800-589-2728 or the Huron County Sheriff’s Office at 4919-668-8980.

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