Torched: Reward Offered For Information About Massillon Apartment Fires

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MASSILLON, OH (WOIO) - Firefighters continue to investigate how two apartment buildings just blocks apart went up into flames over the weekend

The Library Apartments, located at 121 Fourth Street N.E. and an apartment building at 42 Charles Ave S.E. both were engulfed in flames by 11 p.m.

The owner of both apartment buildings, Paul K. Doering was on scene with fire officials late Saturday night. Doering owns more than twenty commercial and residential properties in the area according to the Stark County Auditor's website.

When asked for reaction about the apartments burning down, Doering said Sunday "I was heartbroken... I've owned the building since 1976, and I've tried to keep it up... It's a big loss."

U.S. Fire Marshalls are investigating both suspicious apartment fires at this time.

Meanwhile, Doering believes he'd been targeted and that the fires were purposely set. He's offering a $10,000 reward for information and claimed "It's very unlikely two homes - two buildings would be set on fire...Would burn naturally in the same city...owned by the same person. Both are under suspicion for arson."

There were no serious injuries reported from either fire.

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