Elyria Fire Department investigating two suspicious fires, one involving a molotov cocktail

Courtesy: Elyria Firefighters Local 474

ELYRIA, Ohio — Elyria Fire Department is investigating two Wednesday night fires that they consider suspicious.

The first fire occurred on Adames Street, according to firefighters.

When crews arrived on scene they reportedly found two vehicles on fire and the blaze extending to the house.

“When we arrived, we had two cars fully engulfed and it was spreading to the house next door,” said Assistant Fire Chief Joe Pronesti.

Firefighters extinguished the fires and the Fire Prevention Bureau was called to the scene to investigate, officials said.

The second fire happened on West River Road North at the same apartment complex where 20-year-old Zachary Mason was fatally shot Monday night.

“There was a bottle of gasoline thrown in the hallway at the ground level of the apartment,” said Pronesti.

Pronesti says the crudely made molotov cocktail flashed but did not explode. The second fire reportedly created a lot of smoke in the hallway, but didn’t caused any major damage.

“The gas can that was in the apartment was small but still ignited. It did not cause a lot of damage. The fumes, it could have been a tragedy especially in the common hallway of an apartment like that,” said Pronesti.

According to Pronesti, the fire could have been much worse.

No one was injured in either fire, according to the fire department.

Officials also said the fires are not related, however both are being investigated as suspicious.