Canton Fire Chief to Arsonists: ‘Please Stop it’

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CANTON, Ohio- Canton Fire Chief Stephen J. Rich is appealing to those responsible for setting fires to vacant homes in the city of Canton.

Chief Rich released the following statement Monday morning, "To the person or persons setting fires in vacant homes- please stop it."

According to the chief, 6 vacant homes have been set on fire since last Thursday.

Chief Rich said, "I believe that the person or persons setting these fires in vacant homes thinks they are helping out. Perhaps they believe that it is a good idea if they burn a vacant house to the ground or if the house is so badly damaged by fire and then demolished the rest of the way, that they have taken care of a part of the vacant house problem. That is a bad idea. Fire is uncontrollable whether set accidentally or on purpose, and all the more uncontrollable when set in a vacant house."

In the release, the chief said what the arsonists are doing is extremely dangerous and will eventually injure or kill his firefighters, innocent members of the public or the suspects themselves.

Anyone with any information regarding the fires is asked to call the city of Canton Fire Department at (330) 489-3411.

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