Apartment fire ruled arson

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — City and state arson investigators continued sifting through evidence of what has been ruled arson after a fire at an apartment complex Nov. 9.

Taylor Fire Marshal John Hager said surveillance video footage revealed a person starting the blaze at Park Village apartments near Eureka Road and Park Village Drive.

“A person came to the back of the clubhouse and poured ignitable liquid alongside the back,” Hager said.

The suspect tried several times before getting the fire started, and shortly after 6 a.m. alarms sounded. Responding firefighters were able to salvage much of the property, Hager said, “but the community room was a total loss.”

No injuries were reported and the fire was contained to unoccupied office and clubhouse space. Firefighters contained the blaze within an hour.

Hager — coordinator of the Downriver Arson Task Force — said forensic investigation continues while information on the suspect is being sought.

“We have arson reward posters in the complex and will be doing a mailer to the residents,” Hager said.

Residents with information are asked to call 800-44-ARSON; a reward of up to $5,000 has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)