Toledo officials increase reward for arson info

Toledo officials have increased a reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of those suspected of setting dozens of fires across the city.

Two arson fires set early Friday morning in South Toledo have forced fire investigators and police to increase the reward for information to $25,000.

According to authorities, there have been 80 suspicious fires set within the city of Toledo so far in 2010. Many of those fires have been ruled arson and are being investigated as such by city and federal officials.

"We know there are people out there with information about who is starting these fires," said Michael Wolever, Chief of Toledo Fire and Rescue. "These are not individual instances - there is a connection between these fires and we need help in putting an end to them before someone is seriously harmed. We're hoping that by increasing the reward, someone will be compelled to come forward with information."

Fire officials are currently investigating suspicious fires at the following addresses:1009 Prouty 527 Walden 1101 Clark 666 Arcadia 966 Oak 1450 Chester 215 Delaware 515 Church 1460 Norwood 738 Leonard 2147 Elliott 674 Bowman 732 Plymouth 434 South 201 Knapp 1941 Georgia 2214 Chase 1224 Page 3345 Glenwood 228 Leland 861 McKinley 916 Oak 531 Potter 413 Spring Grove 1101 Norwood 725 Western 1131 Fernwood 242 Langdon 770 Orchard 354 Langdon 421 Oak

If you have any information regarding any of the fires listed is urged to call Crime Stopper at 419.255.1111. Callers may remain anonymous

The reward money does not come out of the city's general fund, rather it is part of the Law Enforcement Trust Fund.