Damage Estimated at $150K In String of Ohio Fires

Fire at Cherry Tree Crossing on July 8, 2011

Fire at Cherry Tree Crossing on July 8, 2011

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - A fire investigator estimates there's at least $150,000 in damage from more than a dozen fires that broke out in one central Ohio community within a couple of hours.

Assistant Lancaster (LANG'-kuh-stur) fire chief Dave Ward tells the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette it's "pretty obvious" the fires early Thursday were deliberately set, though they have not been confirmed as arsons.

The newspaper reports authorities aren't sure about possible motives.

The fires burned homes, a garage, cars and trash bins, all within a 12-block radius. A fire captain described the scene as "a war zone."

No injuries were reported.

Ward says investigators are trying to determine what started the fires.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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