MANSFIELD, Ohio -- A reward for information about a string of suspicious fires here has been increased and community groups are banding together to attack the problem.
The Mansfield Fire Department says it has extinguished 43 arson fires since June at a time when staffing levels are at their lowest levels since the 1980s.
The Mansfield Firefighters union is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the fires.
That's on top of a $5,000 reward being offered by the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee.
A group of citizens, service organizations, churches and neighborhood watch organizations are developing an educational campaign drawing attention to how the problem hurts the community.
The Associated Press