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Man arrested for Vernon Township apartment fire

Submitted Fri, 11/09/2012 - 7:18am by Andy Alm

VERNON TWP. – Residents of the Timbercrest Apartments on Mullen Drive in Vernon Township were forced out of their homes for a little while yesterday.

"We were just kind of hanging out and playing games in our room, when we saw a firetruck outside.  We just said, 'this is crazy; there's a firetruck,'" said one resident.

At about 1pm yesterday, a fire that officials have deemed intentional was set inside a second floor apartment.

Vernon Central Fire Chief Donnie Grinnell says a pile of clothes and papers was set ablaze inside Apartment #204.  Fortunately crews managed to get the fire under control quickly, with damage kept to a minimum and no injuries reported.

A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the fire was reported.  His name is not being released at this time.  Vernon Township Police Chief Randy Detzel tells us he was apprehended while walking along Perry highway carrying an infant girl. No word yet on a motive.

"A male left here with an infant, and we were able to catch up with him.  I took custody of the infant.  State Police came along, and between the State Police and myself, we took him into custody.  He's in our Township Building now, being interviewed."

Vernon Central, Vernon Township, Conneaut Lake, and West Mead 2 volunteer fire departments responded, as well as multiple law enforcement agencies.

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