Arrests Made in Recent South Side Arsons

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Three arrests have been made in connection with some of the recent South Side fires. Fire officials are trying to find a link between with those arrested and the most recent four blazes.

Two juveniles, ages 12 and 15, each are charged with one count of aggravated arson related to some of the fires on the city’s south end. William Parsley, an adult, is charged with arson. Since early January fire fighters have battled ten suspicious blazes on the South Side – four of the most recent occurred late Sunday night and early Monday morning. All four fires were deliberately set.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Doug Smith said investigators do not know if the people arrested are connected with the most recent four fires. He said offcials are looking into all possible motives.

“Everything’s open. We’re looking into all possibilities that this might be gang related, it might be just some pranks. But right now we’ve had so many fires down there we’re trying to go back and see if there’s certain patterns that are the same in them. And that we can see that mainly these are related or some are related, and others might just be squatters. But we’re trying to link all these fires together somehow,” he said.

Smith said Parsley and the juveniles likely face more charges as the investigation continues.