SALEM, Ohio — The Columbiana County Farm Bureau is getting involved in the hunt for the person or people responsible for torching two barns near Wellsville.
Last week, the Farm Bureau offered up a total $3,500 reward to anyone who gives information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the two barn fires or a number of other blazes set in the county in the past month.
The Farm Bureau rewards are in addition to the $5,000 reward being offered by the state fire marshal.
Earlier in October, the state fire marshal called the Sept. 19 fire at L.J. Hay near Kensington arson, along with four other fires set to campers and a vacant home.
State fire marshal investigators are in the county and continuing to follow leads and conducting interviews, according to fire marshal spokesman Shane Cartmill.
The fires under investigation include barns burned on the farms of David Boyd and David McCoy, both near Wellsville, and a garage and motor home burned near Irondale.
A portion of the Farm Bureau reward — $2,500 — is a part of an Ohio Farm Bureau’s ongoing program that pays anyone for information that leads to a conviction of a person doing damage to a member’s home or farm property.
A reward sign must be plainly posted on the member’s property in order to qualify for this reward. Three of the arson sites were posted with the Farm Bureau sign.
The reward is being supplemented with an additional $1,000 from the Columbiana County Farm Bureau.
For more information on the $3,500 reward, contact the Columbiana County Farm Bureau at 330-456-4889 or by fax at 330-456-7064.
Anyone with information about any of the fires is also encouraged to call the state fire marshal hotline at 800-589-2728.
Suspect fires claim barns in Columbiana County (10/8/2008)
L.J. Hay fire ruled as arson (10/15/2008)