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Residential Structure Fire in Bainbridge Prompts Investigation for Arson


Bainbridge, OH – On May 26, 2024, emergency responders were called to 203 Walnut Street in the Village of Bainbridge in response to a residential structure fire. The distress call came in at 02:16, indicating multiple exposures were at risk.

Upon arrival, Engine 801 swiftly initiated a defensive fire attack and began exposure control measures. Recognizing the severity of the situation, mutual aid was promptly requested and received from Paint Creek JFD, Huntington & Twin Townships.

The response team comprised Engine 801, Engine 802, Tanker 811, Squad 816, Command 819, and 8 dedicated firefighters from Bainbridge. Despite their efforts, the house, which was unoccupied at the time, was tragically lost to the flames. Additionally, three neighboring residences suffered varying degrees of damage due to the fire’s intensity.

Thankfully, there were no reported injuries resulting from the incident. However, the community is left grappling with the aftermath, as the destructive blaze not only claimed a home but also caused harm to nearby properties and a Bainbridge fire engine.

In light of the suspicious nature of the fire, the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee has announced a reward of up to $5,000. This reward is intended for individuals who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire at 203 Walnut Street on May 26, 2024.

Authorities urge anyone with pertinent information to contact either the State Fire Marshal’s office at 800-589-2728 or the Ross County Crime Stoppers line at 740-773-TIPS. Arson poses a significant threat to public safety, and the community’s vigilance and cooperation are essential in apprehending those responsible for such reckless acts.