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Reward offered in Richmond Heights fatal arson

Posted at 4:15 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 16:15:14-05

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a fatal fire that broke out at a Richmond Heights apartment complex in September, which has been ruled an arson. 

The fire happened on the afternoon of Sep. 21 at the Loganberry Ridge Apartments in the 26000 block of Whiteway Drive.

RELATED: Five injured and one dead after two-alarm fire breaks out at Richmond Heights apartment building

The fire started inside of an elevator car that closed before bystanders could put the fire out. The elevator opened on the third floor and the fire spread, which later caused the death of a man who was living there, authorities said.

Several people were trapped inside their apartments and had to be rescued by the Richmond Heights Fire Department. Six people were transported to the hospital after sustaining injuries caused by the fire, according to authorities. 

The building had severe damage on the third floor, and several residents were displaced from their units, authorities said.

RELATED: Richmond Heights pulls evacuation order after fire-damaged complex begins repairs

Anyone with information should call the state fire marshal at 1-800-589-2728 or Cuyahoga County Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.