November 24, 2014

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Arson suspected cause of fire on Fowl Road

Firefighters spray water on a fire that burned a vacant home on Fowl Road just inside Amherst Township on Monday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Firefighters spray water on a fire that burned a vacant home on Fowl Road just inside Amherst Township on Monday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AMHERST TWP. — A suspected arson fire destroyed a vacant house at 9372 Fowl Road about a quarter-mile north of Albrecht Road about 5 p.m. Monday.

Ken Welton, of 9240 Fowl Road, said he saw four teenaged boys wearing black shorts jogging north on Fowl around the time of the fire.

“I thought it was just a track team,” he said.

A massive fire burns at a house on Fowl Road.

A massive fire burns at a house on Fowl Road.

Detective Sgt. Randal Koubeck of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said that after the fire, deputies went to the home of one of the boys in a housing development near Fowl Road. He said the boys ran, but one was apprehended. Koubeck said the boy was questioned and gave deputies the names of the other boys, who Koubeck said will be questioned.

Lenny Price, of 9300 Fowl Road, lives next door to the home, which he said has been vacant since he moved into his home in 2007. Price said he saw the boys by the house shortly before the fire. Price said after seeing the boys, he went outside his home and heard a crackling sound coming from next door.

Price said he saw fire inside the home and called 911, but about 10 minutes later the house was engulfed in flames.

“It happened pretty quickly,” said Price, adding that the south side of his house sustained heat damage.

The house was completely ablaze when firefighters arrived, said South Amherst Fire Chief Al Schmitz.

Schmitz said no one was hurt fighting the fire and it was controlled around 5:55 p.m. The Amherst, Elyria Township, Florence Township and Oberlin fire departments helped fight the fire. There are no hydrants on Fowl Road, so water was provided from pumper trucks.

Schmitz said the house was a total loss but didn’t have a damage estimate.

The 2,156-square-foot home had a value of nearly $126,000, according to the Lorain County auditor’s website.

Homeowner Dan Goldsmith, reached by phone after the fire, wouldn’t comment.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

Arson Investigation

  • Anyone with information on a suspected arson fire at 9372 Fowl Road that leads to a conviction, may be eligible for a $5,000 reward, said Detective Sgt. Randal Koubeck of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. Koubeck can be reached at (440) 329-3747.


  • Phil Blank

    Hope everyone and all the animals are ok.

  • Jason M. Schmidt

    Never run. That kinda solidifies the suspicion.

  • goomba

    thank god the neighbors were ok, and the house that was purposefully set fire to was vacant! The neighbors were traumatized and their siding melted, grass and shrubs were destroyed and the fire department checked for hot spots. I spoke to them and their grandchildren were visiting and thank god it ONLY went that far! But still, who would have the nerve to do that??? and teenagers?? grow the hell up!!!

  • golfingirl

    Make the kids work off the $126,000, if they started the fire.

    Lots of potholes to fill, grass to cut. At $8 per hour = 15,750 hours of community service.

    They will all be squealing like little pigs on each other now.

    • Starryeyes63

      That would hurt their fragile little psyches…..But I agree RESPONSABILITY for your actions.

  • oldruss

    So what are the names and addresses of these suspected arsonists? Yeah, yeah, they are probably minors, but they are criminals too. Why coddle them?!

  • Sue

    #1. – the homeowner is listed on the county auditor site as Daniel Goldsmith, not Daniel Goldberg

    #2. – the house was built in 2008. “Lenny Price, of 9300 Fowl Road, lives next door to the home, which he
    said has been vacant since he moved into his home in 2007.” ?

    • Steph

      I have no idea why it was listed as built in 2008. The house was there in 2007. Maybe it’s because it was in the process for years. When Dan bought it the front of the house wasn’t even finished. The original owner ran out of money. So yes it has been vacant since 07. The house never even had furniture in it.

  • Pablo Jones

    Alternative title for article – “Foul Play on Fowl Road”

    • Simon Jester

      CT is incapable of wit