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Pair of East Cleveland fires ruled arson

1170 Bender Avenue fire ruled arson (Source: State Fire Marshal) 1170 Bender Avenue fire ruled arson (Source: State Fire Marshal)
Fire on 1100 block of Bender Avenue ruled arson (Source: State Fire Marshal) Fire on 1100 block of Bender Avenue ruled arson (Source: State Fire Marshal)
Fire at 1215 Bender Avenue ruled arson (Source: WOIO) Fire at 1215 Bender Avenue ruled arson (Source: WOIO)

Investigators have ruled the fires on Bender Avenue in East Cleveland last Thursday were intentionally set. Now the State Fire Marshal is asking for help from the public to find out who did it.

The first fire occurred just after 1:00 a.m. That incident damaged three homes in the 1100 block of Bender Avenue.

The second fire occurred on Monday, April 20, 2015 around 7:30 p.m., damaging a home at 1215 Bender Avenue.

Ten people were displaced after those blazes.

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the fire. The Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers will also pay up to $2,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible.

"Information from the public could be the missing piece to the puzzle for our investigators," said State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers.  "Everything in a case could come together from just one tip, so it's important that if you heard or saw something out of the ordinary, you let investigators know."

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal's Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728 or the Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers at (216) 252-7463.

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