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The Suburbanite
  • Arson suspected in Washington Township house fire

  • Washington Township firefighters suspect someone set a fire to the front porch of a residence while the occupants were asleep.

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  • An attempt was made Sunday morning to burn an occupied home at 386 Maplewood Dr., according to the township Fire Department.
    Firefighters responded to the incident at about 5:10 a.m. Sunday. The house is the home of Alexander and Shirley Anderson, according to Stark County real estate records.
    “They were both home asleep and the front porch caught on fire,” Chief Terry Wilson said. “There was no electrical (fixture) on the porch that would have started the fire. It just didn’t start on its own, no spontaneous combustion.”
    Using an extinguisher, Alexander Anderson was able to put the blaze out. He was not injured.
    “It was all contained to the front porch, nothing came into the house,” Wilson said. “It broke the storm window, but didn’t break the main window. That was what woke them up, the glass breaking.”
    The house is just south of Alliance. Samples were taken from the porch for analysis to determine how the blaze was set.
    Attempts to contact the Andersons were not successful.