April 29, 2016


Arson suspected in Lorain vacant home fire

LORAIN — Arson is suspected in a fire called in at 4:26 a.m. Sunday at a vacant home at 1221 Long Ave.

When firefighters arrived at 4:31 a.m., smoke was coming from the home and a gasoline can was on fire on the front porch, according to Assistant Fire Chief Gary Burls.

He said gasoline appeared to have been poured at several places around the house. The fire marshal’s office is investigating.

Burls said the fire was contained by 5:16 a.m. The home, just west of Oberlin Avenue, was boarded up.

The fire caused about $1,000 damage to the 1,080-square-foot home, which is valued at $23,760 on the Lorain County auditor’s website.

According to the website, the home, built in 1900, is owned by Evelyn Santos and was purchased for $3,000 in April.