Van Wert man charged in arson case from 2010
Friday, July 25, 2014 12:01 AM
This 2010 file photo shows the fire that burned a 150-year-old building that once housed Dull Lumber. Nearly four years later, Joshua C. Williams has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the arson. (DHI Media File Photo)
VAN WERT — After nearly four years, the Van Wert Police has caught a person they say was involved in setting fire to a 150-year-old building that once was one of the buildings that housed Dull Lumber.
Charged is 20-year-old Joshua C. Williams of Van Wert. He is charged with fourth-degree felony arson. Because Williams was a juvenile at the time of the incident, the case will be heard in the Juvenile Division of Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas.
The fire in the 200 block of N. Shannon St. was listed as having suspicious origins by the Van Wert Fire Department. Crews were able to extinguish the blaze during the nighttime hours of Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. The original call came in to the fire department sometime around 6:30 that evening. The building had just sold to a new owner two weeks prior to the fire.
The investigation was started once the fired was put out. Based on the Fire Department’s conclusions, the Van Wert Police Department began an investigation and later determined that Williams was involved. Williams was 16 at the time of the fire.
Williams was advised of the charge against him and was processed at the Police station. He is currently on house arrest through the Van Wert Municipal Court Probation Office for an unrelated incident.