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Fire department needs help solving recent arson cases

Investigators need your help solving a string of arson that's been hitting Toledo. Investigators need your help solving a string of arson that's been hitting Toledo.
Nearly a dozen people were displaced from their homes after a fire broke out at this Avondale home, which then spread to a neighboring home. Nearly a dozen people were displaced from their homes after a fire broke out at this Avondale home, which then spread to a neighboring home.
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Owner Edward Taylor said he was renovating this house on Hawthorne and preparing to move in, but will have to start all over since it was set on fire Saturday. Owner Edward Taylor said he was renovating this house on Hawthorne and preparing to move in, but will have to start all over since it was set on fire Saturday.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo fire investigators need your help solving seven arsons, including two that occurred at the same home on Mayfield Drive.

Firefighters say all the fires at these locations occurred in just one week:

-1900 block of Calumet Avenue
-4100 block of Mayfield Drive had two fires
-1200 block of East Broadway Street
-2000 block of Hawthorne Street
-1800 block of North Ontario Street

The house on Hawthorne was set on fire Saturday around 4 a.m. Owner Edward Taylor, who bought his first house in 2010, said he was renovating the house and preparing to move in, but will now have to start all over again. He said he has put nearly $30,000 into renovations, recently installing new walls, kitchen, and carpet.

"I was just fixing to move in, two weeks from now, but now this happened. So, now I got to start all over again. I've got to rebuild," said Taylor.

With no insurance, Taylor has set up a fund at Huntington Bank to help rebuild his home. He is just one of the victims impacted by arson in Toledo.

"With a string of them like we've had, we want to get out in front of these, and that's why we ask the public for their help," explained Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld.

Hertzfeld said arsons put lives in danger, not only for those who live in the home, but firefighters who respond. That's why they are asking for your help in solving these crimes.

"Citizens remain vigilant in their neighborhoods. They're the eyes and ears of the fire departments in their neighborhoods," said Hertzfeld.

Any information is useful and can be submitted on the Toledo Fire and Rescue's website, or by calling CrimeStoppers at 419-255-1111.

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