Toledo man arrested in connection with arsons

Toledo fire crews were at the scene of a house South Toledo Thursday morning, one officials say is the latest in a string of arsons plaguing the city.

Crews responded to the scene of a fire in the 700-block of Thayer around 10:00 a.m. The flames were extinguished by 1:00 p.m.

Authorities arrested Henry L. Jackson, 42, on Thursday after he was spotted near the scene of the vacant house fire. He is being questioned by officials who have not said whether they believe him to be involved in a string of arsons that have plagued the city in recent months. Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre says Jackson will be charged with aggravated arson in connection with the fire on Thayer Thursday morning.

Jackson has a criminal history in Lucas County that includes breaking and entering, burglary, domestic violence, criminal trespassing and petty theft. Navarre says the suspect is homeless and has been living in a vacant home in one of the neighborhoods recently plagued by arson fires.

Dozens of homes have been intentionally set on fire in two neighborhoods in East Toledo and the Old South End. According to authorities, there have been over 85 suspicious fires set within the city of Toledo so far in 2010.