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Fatal fire ruled an act of arson; reward offered for information

| December 2, 2022

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Dec. 2, 2022) – The Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to move the investigation into Tuesday’s fatal apartment fire forward by offering a cash reward.

The agency says it will pay up to $5,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or individuals responsible for the early-morning blaze at 247 Allen Lane SW that claimed the life of 66-year-old Leanne Asuncion and injured two others. Officials made the announcement in a press release this afternoon and confirmed that the fire was an act of arson. Anyone with information they believe could help investigators crack the case should call the New Philadelphia Police Department at 330-343-4488 or the Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728.

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