2 More Men Arrested In Huge Ohio Tire Fire

UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Two more men have been arrested and charged with starting a fire at the state's largest tire dump in 1999 that burned for five days and cost more than $10 million in damage and cleanup.

The arrest on Friday of Brent Young, 22, formerly of Bloomville, and Michael Schindewolf, 22, of Bucyrus, in Phoenix bring the number of men charged in the crime to four, according to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.

The men are accused of setting a fire at the Kirby Tire Recycling plant outside of Sycamore, about 50 miles north of Columbus. An estimated 5 million to 7 million of the 20 million tires at the site burned.

Young and Schindewolf were being held in a jail in Maricopa County in Arizona until they can be brought back to Ohio. Both had been living in an apartment in Phoenix.

On Oct. 25, a Wyandot County grand jury indicted the two along with Scott Harer, 22, of Bloomville, and Kenneth Stacklin, 22, of Bucyrus, on charges of aggravated arson, arson, breaking and entering and tampering with evidence.

Harer and Stacklin were arrested the next day. Both are out on bond.

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