10-year-old accused of arson in Stark County fire

10-year-old accused of arson in Stark County fire

STARK COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A 10-year-old girl was charged Wednesday, accused of torching her house before escaping with her dog.

The fire on September 11 destroyed the Donner Street NW home in Greentown. Fortunately, the family of five; two adults and three children, all made it out alive.

However, investigators say the youngest family member, a 10-year-old girl, is responsible and she's facing aggravated arson charges.

She was found three miles away from the home after the fire started. The charges stunned Matt Hennis who manages the property.

"I think she just got scared, you know. And I would like to stress that little girl they're saying started it is the one that saved the family. She was the one that woke them up," he said.

Neighbors and friends cannot believe the news.

"Finding out that she had to be charged with possibly starting the fire was just another huge setback and another huge emotional hurdle for the family to get through," said Alana Niemiec.

The family lost everything and we're told they did not have renter's insurance. Now, the little girl and her family are being attacked on social media.

"I've seen a lot of negative comments on Facebook. It just breaks my heart. I just want to tell everybody, you know what we need to support this family. We need to support this little girl. They need a lot of prayers from us," said neighbor Lisa Montgomery.

A fund has been set up for the family at any First Merit Bank. It's the Lemon Family Benevolent Fund.

Meanwhile, investigators have not released a motive for the arson.

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