CIRCLEVILLE – A fire broke out around 4:30 pm at 412 South Pickaway Street in Circleville, and now local police have charged one with arson.
While on the scene family members of the home told Sciotopost that a estranged friend of the family was threatening the family since they moved into their new home. Now that same friend is in jail and has been charged with Arson.
Eugene Marshall Mcclaskey Jr is currently in the Pickaway county jail charged with Arson, locals reported to us that they saw Mcclaskey running from the scene and police arrested him on Mound street just blocks from the fire.
UPDATE: On October 15, 2020 the Circleville Police Department Communications Division received multiple 911 calls about a residence that was on fire at 412 South Pickaway Street.
The Circleville Fire Department along with the Circleville Police Department arrived on the scene to a fully involved residential fire. They also located the residence south of 412 South Pickaway Street had started to ignite. The Fire Department requested assistance from Pickaway Township Fire Department, Harrison Township Fire Department, Scioto Township Fire Department, Clearcreek Township Fire Department, Box 65 and The State of Ohio Fire Marshalls Office.
While crews were battling the fire, the Circleville Police Department developed leads into a possible suspect who started the fire. Multiple individuals from the public came forward with details surrounding events prior to and just after the fire starting. The Circleville Police Department began investigating the fire as a criminal offense.
Detectives along with the Circleville Municipal Court Probation Department located the suspect, Eugene M. McClaskey in the rear of 152 Summit Avenue took him into custody. From the time the fire had started to the time of arrest was less than one hour.
Mr. McClaskey was arrested and charged with Felony one Aggravated Arson, Felony two Aggravated Arson, Felony four Disruption of Public Service’s.
The Circleville Safety Forces would like to thank the citizens of Circleville for their assistance in the investigation.